First Marriage Poll of 2013 Finds Growing Bipartisan Support for Equality
February 19, 2013 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
A new poll released today shows strong bipartisan support for same-sex marriage rights. The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and released by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, found that three-quarters of those surveyed – including 75 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans – see the ability to marry the person you love as a constitutional right.
The polling also reinforces that marriage equality is a matter of basic dignity and respect – 65 percent of respondents agreed that the phrase “Allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry says you believe the principle of equal dignity should apply to all people” accurately summed up their views. And 59 percent said denying same-sex couples marriage equality is akin to discrimination.
The poll also points to the unprecedented momentum for equality – of those who do not support marriage equality, 77 percent said they nonetheless believed it would be the law of the land in the next couple of years, with 83 percent saying marriage equality would be standard in the next 5-10 years.
HRC is proud to partner with Freedom to Marry in chairing the Respect for Marriage Coalition – a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations working together to end the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and grow support for marriage equality.