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New Poll Shows US Continues to Move toward Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Kevin Nix, Former HRC Campaign Media Director

NBC News/ Wall Street Journal just released a national survey on marriage equality that reflects the ongoing sea change in public opinion on the issue - across a number of demographics, including party affiliation, age, and ethnicity.  

The survey showed marriage equality has strong majority backing among Democrats (up 12 points from 2009) and a plurality of Independents (up 9 points). There was a large increase in support among African Americans – 32 percent favored in 2009 to 50 percent now. And a majority in both the 18-34 and 50-64 age brackets favor marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Overall, 49 percent of Americans support committed, loving gay and lesbian couples getting married, according to the poll, with 40 percent opposed. In 2009, support for marriage equality was at only 41 percent, with 49 percent opposed. Other recent national polls, including from CNN, Gallup, AP, register majority support for the issue.

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