Tuesday, 22 March 2011 02:01

50% Of Americans Support Marriage Equality

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So when gay marriage will be legal in United States? A new survey shows that 50% of Americans support it.

5 years ago, only 36% of Americans supported marriage equality, they are now 53% to support it.

“This is very consistent with a lot of other polling data we’ve seen and the general momentum we’ve seen over the past year and a half,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a leading pro-gay-marriage group. “As people have come to understand this is about loving, committed families dealing, like everyone, with tough times, they understand how unfair it is to treat them differently.”

Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage asked:

“Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?”

The term “illegal” could be inferred to mean that violators could be imprisoned, which most Americans would consider harsh reports WashingtonPost.

Brown noted that all 31 states that have put same-sex marriage on the ballot voted to ban it.

“The only poll that counts is a free and fair vote on the part of the people,” he said. “We’ve seen these biased polls time and time again — right before votes in which same-sex marriage is rejected. It’s absurd. The people of this country have not changed their opinion about marriage.”

Congressional Republicans have vowed to defend DOMA themselves. This week, Democrats introduced bills to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and noted how the tables have turned.

“What do I say to the idea that this is a wedge issue? I say ‘Hallelujah,’ ” Rep. Barney Frank, who is gay, said “The fact that we’ve now evolved to the point where the Republicans are complaining about the fact that we introduced this bill because it causes them political problems is a great sign of progress. It used to be the other way around.”