Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
In the 20 years since the marriage equality movement began, the courts, lawmakers and voters have shifted toward supporting same-sex couples more quickly than almost any other topic, according to analysis from the Wall Street Journal.
When voters passed Proposition 8 five years ago at the ballot box, banning marriage equality in California, only two states at the time had same-sex marriage laws on the books, only 39 percent percent of Americans support marriage equality
Today 61 percent of Californians believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry; 12 states plus Washington D.C. have marriage equality on the books; 54 U.S. Senators publically support marriage equality, alongside 185 members of the House of Representatives; former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has come out in support of marriage equality as part of HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign; former President Bill Clinton has completely disavowed the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and, of course, Obama has announced his complete support of marriage equality.
This passed election cycle, the LGBT community marked landslide victories after overturning marriage bans at the ballot box in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota. Just six months after Minnesota voters defeated the amendment banning same-sex marriage, the state legislature approved equal access to civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Indeed the tide is rising toward equality, however much work remains. Go red now to show your support for loving, committed same-sex couples.
Find more of the Wall Street Journal analysis of shifting support for the LGBT community here.