March 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Poll: 59 percent of Americans support marriage equality

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A Washington Post-ABC News poll has found 59 percent of Americans support marriage equality (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).

A new poll published Wednesday by Washington Post-ABC News has found national support for marriage equality has reached a record-high of 59 percent.

The poll, which was conducted via phone among 1,002 random adults, discovered the highest recorded support ever for same-sex marriage nationwide amid the growth in favorability for gay nuptials across the country.

The results found that 59 percent of responders support same-sex marriage, 34 percent are in opposition and 7 percent have no opinion. Moreover, in the wake of numerous federal court decisions striking down state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, the poll found that 50 percent of responders believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to marriage equality.

According to a Washington Post article that details the results, there’s also majority support for marriage equality in the 33 states where same-sex marriage is illegal. Among residents polled in those states, 53 percent support allowing same-sex marriage, while 40 percent were opposed.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, said the poll demonstrates “bipartisan momentum” is on the side of supporters of same-sex marriage.

“A supermajority of Americans believe in freedom and fairness, and support is growing at an unprecedented speed,” Solomon said. “Overwhelmingly, Americans – no matter where they live, how old they are, or what party they belong to – believe in treating their gay and lesbian family members and friends with dignity and respect by supporting their freedom to marry.”

Additionally, the poll found 81 percent Americans rejects the idea of allowing businesses to discriminate against or refuse services to LGBT people. Numerous states, most recently Arizona, have considered legislation that would enable businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT people for religious reasons.

Prior to the publication of the Washington Post-ABC News findings, the poll that demonstrated the highest-recorded support for same-sex marriage was another Washington Post-ABC News poll that came out just prior to the start oral arguments at the Supreme Court on marriage. That poll found 58 percent of Americans support marriage equality.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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  • In brief, support for marriage has increased from 58% to 59%, while opposition has declined from 36% to 34%. Thus, the spread grew from an already strong 22 percentage points to 25 percentage points. This may not seem like a lot, but change of this magnitude in just under a year is unusual for a social issue. Suppose this change continues at the same pace. In 5 years, support for marriage will be at 64% vs. 24%, for a spread of 40 percentage points. That’s a pretty amazing result. I can’t wait for Freedom to Marry’s Southern campaign to take off. That should boost our support even further!

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