Second National Poll Finds Majority Support for the Freedom to Marry

New York, NY, Sept. 20, 2010

For the second time, a national poll has found that a majority of Americans now support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Echoing the findings of last month's CNN poll, the Associated Press released a poll which found that 52 percent of Americans support marriage equality.
The Associated Press asked 1,007 Americans: "Should the Federal Government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same-sex, or not?" 52 percent of those polled responded "Yes,". 46 percent responded "No,” and 2 percent responded "Don't know."

"For the second time, a national poll shows that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, reflecting the growing momentum of the marriage movement and a growing awareness in America of who gay people are and why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families,” said Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry. “Echoing the findings of last month's CNN poll, the Associated Press poll shows that those who would deny liberty and equal protection to same-sex couples are now in the minority.

“Even in a moment in which most people are focused on the economy and unemployment, Americans are still speaking up for our country's core values that the majority should not deny a minority its rights and that we must uphold the Constitution's enduring promise of equal protection for all. But with many hearts and minds still to be changed, we must continue to make as strong a case for the freedom to marry in the court of public opinion as in the court of law.”

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