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USA Today Poll Looks at Growing Momentum for LGBT Equality

Rainbow flag; Courthouse; LGBT equalityPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

A new USA Today survey breaks down the growing support for LGBT equality – momentum evident at the polls last month with the re-election of President Obama, the victories for marriage in Washington, Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota, and the election of Tammy Baldwin and Kyrsten Sinema, among other openly LGB lawmakers.

The poll found that a large majority of Americans support a number of important equality issues, including: adoption rights (61 percent), marriage (53 percent), inheritance rights (78 percent), and health benefits (77 percent.)

The poll reinforced data that support for equality is on the rise across virtually every single demographic.

The poll also illustrates the need to continue sharing our personal stories as one of the most compelling means of helping undecided Americans along their journey: nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they have a gay family member, friend, or neighbor.

Learn more about why 2012 was such a monumental year in our ongoing fight for equality.

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