Survey shows opposition to gay marriage is declining in the US

More and more US voters are getting behind marriage equality

Survey shows opposition to gay marriage is declining in the US
09 March 2013 Print This Article

There used to be a time, very recently, when marriage equality took a constant beating in all polls. Now US voters seem more and more comfortable with LGBT families having the same rights of their straight counterparts.

This past week top pollsters for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama released a report that argued ‘significant opposition to the freedom to marry is increasingly isolated within narrow demographic groups while a much broader and more diverse majority are ready to let same-sex couples marry.’

The study, completed by Jan van Lohuizen and Joel Benenson, was released on 7 March. In 2004, van Lohuizen was a pollster for Bush. Benenson was a strategist for Obama. Their work is sponsored by  Freedom to Marry, one of the organizations fighting the Defense of Marriage Act.

‘Publicly released polling since November 2012 shows that support for the freedom to marry now stands at roughly 53% of the voting public,’ the report finds.

The two operatives also note that gay marriage is turning into a wedge issue between young and old Republicans.

‘Among Republicans under age 30, 51% support the legalization of same-sex marriage in their state, while 46% oppose,’ the pollsters wrote.

van Lohuizen maintains it’s time GOP elders pay attention to the shifting opinions.

‘One of the most striking developments in recent years is the internal debate happening within the Republican Party, as these numbers show,’ the Republican pollster said in a statement. ‘With the under-30 supporters continuing to increase, it’s clear that the party has to take that into account – the sooner, the better.’

This might be hard to do, considering where the GOP stands officially. At the most recent Republican convention, where Mitt Romney was nominated to run against Obama, the party was clear where it stood in regard to gay and lesbian couples.

‘We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman,’ the platform announced at the end of 2012 August. ‘We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so.’

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