The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Communications Director
(916) 284-9187

Poll Shows Majority of Californians Support Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

Equality California Has Had Close to 1 Million Conversations Across the State on the Issue


Fifty-one percent of California voters now
support the right for same-sex couples to marry, a two-point jump from
last year, according to the Field Poll, a non-partisan, public-opinion
news service. This mirrors the six-point jump, from 44 percent to 50
percent, in March's Public Policy Institute of California poll. The
Field poll also shows that 50 percent of Latinos now support marriage
equality. In response to the new data, Equality California's Marriage
Director Marc Solomon issued the following statement:

"Over the past year, Equality
California has had more than 900,000 conversations about the freedom to
marry with Californians, and we are thrilled that our work is making a
real difference. We're finding that the more people get to know same-sex
couples and their families and witness the love and commitment these
couples share, the more they support their right to marry.

"The poll also confirms that
members of the Latino community are very open to the message of
equality. As such, we are stepping up our work in communities of color
alongside our coalition partners and tireless volunteers. We are
wholeheartedly committed to sharing our stories in every community in
order to achieve solid majority support by 2012, so that we can restore
the freedom to marry once and for all."

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.