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Support Grows for Marriage Equality in California

momentum for marriage equality graphicPost submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern

Another day, another poll that shows how many Americans stand behind the movement for marriage equailty.

Less than a week after a poll from the Pew Research Center found that 72% of Americans believe that legal recognition for same-sex marriages was inevitable, a survey administered by the Los Angeles Times has found that 58% of registered voters in California favor same-sex marriage, with support outstripping opposition by a 22-point margin. Three years ago, supporters and opponants of marriage equality were only separated by 12 percentage points. Close to half of those polled classified their support for marriage equality as strong.

The poll also records a huge shift in the feelings of older Californians towards marriage equality. Voters 65 and older are now close to evenly split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Three years ago, they opposed it by a 19-point margin.

A majority of California’s Catholics support same-sex marriage, the poll found.

These findings come as Americans await the decision of the Supreme Court in two historic same-sex marriage cases. To show your support for marriage equality, change your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to HRC’s distinctive red equal sign now until decision day.

To learn more about HRC's work to bring marriage equality to same-sex couples across the country, visit the HRC Marriage Center.

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