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Majority of voters in non-marriage equality state support same-sex couples’ freedom to marry

Marriage equality

A new poll conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove for Freedom to Marry shows that a majority of registered voters living in non-marriage equality states support equal marriage rights by a margin of 51 percent to 41 percent.

According to the poll, voters in the Midwest (along with a few other states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania) support equal marriage rights by a remarkable 23-point margin, 59 percent to 36 percent.  Voters in the Western states (the Southwest, Mountain West, Oregon and Alaska) support it by a 19-point margin, 53 percent to 34 percent.  In fact, the only region in which a majority of respondents did not support marriage equality was in the South, where they were split 46 percent both in favor and opposed to equal marriage rights.

Nevertheless, 56 percent of voters in non-marriage equality states believe that same-sex couples will be able to wed within the next few years.  Even 49 percent of voters who oppose marriage equality believe their state’s laws will change within that time frame.  In addition, only 21 percent of voters believe a change in favor of marriage equality will have a negative impact, while the overwhelming majority (78 percent) believe it will have either a positive or minimal impact.

In a fun little synchronicity, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog pointed out yesterday that 23 state attorneys general support the rights of same-sex couples to marry, including six in states that ban marriage equality–Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, Mississippi and Missouri.  All six are Democrats.  One of them, of course, is Mark Herring of Virginia, who yesterday filed a court brief in a pending marriage equality case in Norfolk announcing he would not be defending the constitutionality of the state’s equal marriage ban.

Like Herring, Kathleen Kane of Pennsylvania has also announced she will not defend her state’s ban.  Attorney General Roy Cooper of North Carolina, on the other hand, said he will defend the constitutional amendment which banned marriage equality in his state, even though he supports same-sex couples’ right to wed.

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  • 1. Mike in Baltimore  |  January 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I recently read on another Internet site a bigot saying the poll had to be entirely wrong, since he didn't think anyone in the MidWest states supported ME (he described ME much differently). My mother and sister live in NE Indiana, and are fully in support of ME (as was my very conservative late step-father), as do many others of my family living in Indiana (even some who consider themselves Republican).

    (By the way, the traditional definition of MidWest includes Ohio. The traditional definition of the MidWest [actually now the MidEast of the US] includes all parts of states [MN] or whole states [OH, IN, MI, IL, WI] that formerly were in the NW Territories, plus Iowa and Nebraska [especially Eastern NE], and some people [most don't] include Kansas and/or the Dakotas in the MidWest.)

  • 2. bayareajohn  |  January 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This has got to be giving the NOM folk fits.
    That's enough to make my day a little brighter.

  • 3. Richard Weatherwax  |  January 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    NOM has never been able to face reality.

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