Study: Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections
January 12, 2009
Freedom to Marry has released a new study today showing that from 2005 to the present, legislators who vote to support marriage equality consistently get re-elected:
The success of more than 1,100 state legislators who voted to support the freedom to marry stands in bold contrast to the commonly held belief that supporting marriage equality ends political campaigns and careers. In fact, these legislators are re-elected no matter what party they represent or if they changed their vote from opposing to supporting marriage equality. Even better, legislators who run for higher office win after voting in favor of marriage for same-sex couples.
“The American people deserve leaders who aren't afraid to lead.” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry. “For politicians, standing up for marriage equality is not touching a third-rail, rather, it is a track to re-election – and, happily, the path toward inclusion that America is traveling.”
The study includes results from 21 different states representing all four major regions of the country and reviews statewide elections held from 2005 to the present.
Here's a link to the report (PDF): http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/pro-marriage_legislators_win_elections.pdf
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