Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
A recent survey released by the Washington Post/ ABC found that 63 percent of Americans believe the federal government should give legally married same-sex couples the same benefits given to other married couples.
Currently, the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act denies lawfully married same-sex couples over 1,1000 federal rights and protections.
According to the Washington Post’s survey analysis, nearly 79 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 to 29 said they supported equal federal benefits to marriage same-sex couples, while 46 percent of those over the age of 65 said they were similarly supportive. In addition, just over four in 10 Republicans voted in support, versus the two-thirds of independents and nearly three-quarters of Democrats.
As hearts and minds continue to change, support for not just marriage but equality in all respects continues to grow.