A third national poll shows a slim
majority of Americans favor legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian
The Washington Post-ABC News
survey released Friday found 53 percent of Americans support gay
marriage, while 42 percent remain opposed. That is a 17 point
increase in support over the last five years.
“This newest poll confirms yet again
that Americans have been on a journey of understanding, living up to
the American value of treating others as we would all want to be
treated and staying true to our nation's history of upholding the
American promise of equality under the law,” Evan Wolfson,
president of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement.
Wolfson added that “hearts have
opened and minds have changed” as Americans “have had time to
hear more about the lives and families of their gay and lesbian
neighbors, co-workers and family members.”
Two previous national polls, one by the
Associated Press and another by cabler CNN, also concluded
that a narrow majority of Americans favor legalizing marriage for gay
The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, decried
the poll as biased.
“The only poll that counts is a free
and fair vote on the part of the people,” NOM President Brian Brown
told the Post. “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.”
Brown, however, didn't mention his
group's own very biased polling in Maryland. NOM's survey found a
whopping 78 percent of Marylanders in favor of putting the issue up
for a vote.
NOM's pollster, Lawrence Research, was
heavily involved in the effort to get California's gay marriage ban,
Proposition 8, approved. And company founder Gary Lawrence served as
the grassroots director for the Yes on 8 campaign organized by The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. The
church's members played a large financial and organizational role in
getting Proposition 8 approved.