Poll: Marriage Equality Is Imminent

Bipartisan support for legal recognition of couples is growing, and 83% say marriage equality will happen within the next 10 years.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 19 2013 6:25 PM ET

Three-quarters of voters say that the right to marriage is a constitutional right, and 83% say they believe marriage equality will become legal in the U.S. within the next decade.

According to a poll of 800 participants by the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, the support for marriage equality, or at least relationship recognition, is becoming an increasingly bipartisan issue. Sixty-two percent of voters believe that legalizing marriage will not have much impact on most people's lives.

Another poll released Tuesday, through the Center for American Progress, shows that 52% registered voters participating in the poll favored legalizing full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Furthermore, 62%  agreed that it is discrimination for the federal government to deny marriage protections and the benefit to legally married same-sex couples. Figures from that poll also show that support for marriage equality is rising among groups of people of color. Sixty-five percent of black people and 61% of Latinos say they oppose Section 3 of DOMA, which bars the federal government from recognizing marriages of legally wed same-sex couples.

"In 2013 registered voters have reached a tipping point, in which a majority (52 percent) favors allowing marriage for same-sex couples," said Amy Simon, a partner at Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, who fielded the poll. "However, an even larger portion—almost 6 in 10 respondents—oppose DOMA’s requirement that the federal government discriminate against those same-six couples who are legally married by denying their marriage’s recognition."

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