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NEW POLL: Clear Majority of Minnesotans Believe Committed Same-Sex Couples Should Have the Freedom to Marry

Monday, May 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
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May 14th, 2012 – Saint Paul, MN – In a new poll released by SurveyUSA on May 11, a decisive 52% of Minnesotans surveyed said that they agree with President Obama that marriage should be available to same-sex couples, while only 42% of Minnesotans said that they disagreed. The survey asked 516 registered Minnesota voters a variety of questions, including: “President Obama says that same-sex couples should be able to get married. Do you agree with the president? Or disagree?”

This poll shows that Minnesotans are deeply engaged in the conversation about what freedom and marriage mean in our state like never before. In a November 2011 Star Tribune poll, 43% of Minnesotans opposed the marriage amendment and 48% said they supported it. This new poll clearly illustrates that the momentum to defeat this amendment in Minnesota grows stronger each day, as more and more Minnesotans realize that this amendment would tell future generations that we refuse to let them participate in the conversation about who should have the freedom to marry. Minnesotans knows that marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility, growing old together, strengthening our communities and raising a family – and that no committed couple’s freedom to marry should be limited.

Proponents of limiting the freedom to marry in Minnesota via this constitutional amendment falsely claim that the majority of Minnesotans support the amendment, but the newest numbers clearly show otherwise. Majorities of voters under 64, Democrats, Independents and residents of southern and western Minnesota all agree with the President. Noticeably, a significant 28% of Republicans – and 15% of self-identified Tea Party members – also agree that marriage should be available to committed same-sex couples.

With just under six months to go until Election Day in Minnesota, 52% of registered voters are in agreement that committed, loving same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry. This amendment represents a direct attack on freedom and on thousands of families in Minnesota, and it must be defeated. Minnesotans United for All Families is committed to continuing the bipartisan conversation statewide about why marriage matters to all committed couples in our state, and remains confident that Minnesota will be the first state in our nation to Vote No when asked to limit the freedoms of our fellow citizens.

For the full results of the SurveyUSA poll, please click here and reference question number four.

 

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