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Majority of Americans Oppose Defending DOMA; Favor Benefits For LGBT’s

Well isn’t this something! The Human Rights Campaign today released the results from a nationwide poll on the state of same-sex marriage and the laws that continue to prohibit it. The results are unbelievably phenomenal.

51% of Americans are opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act, compared to 34% who support it. 54% of the country doesn’t want Congress to defend DOMA, compared to only 32% who do. And about 60% of Americans want to see LGBT citizens receive the same federal benefits from marriage that straight couples are already privy to.

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Perhaps you remember me saying that 2011 was statistically poised to be the tipping point when the majority of Americans begin supporting same-sex marriage? Well there you have it. Dude, we’ve won.

It remains to be seen how the publishing of this study will affect Speaker of the House John Boehner’s plan to waste millions of taxpayers’ dollars defending a law that the majority of the country does not wish for him to defend, and the president himself has called unconstitutional. In the meantime, you can help by calling your Senators and State Representatives and sharing this study with them, before asking them to support marriage equality.

Seriously though. You have to follow through and make those calls. This is the part where I always lose you. Y’all love to share links on Facebook, which is fantastic, believe me. But in order to make some real change, we need to pick up our phones. So get Googling your elected representatives’ contact information right now. Go!

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gay news, gay blog, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, defense of marriage actAre you excited about these results? Woohoo!

Via HRC

  • Well, duh, jobs kinda come before anything related DOMA. I can’t believe some people are still suggesting that DOMA should be even be considered by our legislatures…

  • Chelsea Perren

    This is great and all, and I want to marry my partner more than anything, but come on. Those are the polls from average American citizens, not the privileged Senators sitting fat and happy in Congress. Sure, we might want it. But is the Republican majority, with its slew of Tea Party members, going to go for the bill introduced today? Probably not. Maybe they’ll surprise me and I’ll have a little more respect for the GOP, but I guess we’ll see.

    I agree with Liliana that it’s a pretty big “duh” factor when it comes to jobs. George W. Bush used gay marriage to distract a lot of people from the economic issues of the 2004 election, so I’d imagine this might be along the same lines.

    I am happy to see that so many of the “regular” Americans want the same thing I do, though. 🙂