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New Poll Shows 10-Point Swing in Favor of Defeating Freedom-Limiting Marriage Amendment

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Public Policy Polling Shows Growing Opposition to Limiting the Freedom to Marry for Gay and Lesbian Couples

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Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
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June 5, 2012 – Saint Paul, MN – Public Policy Polling (PPP) today released results from its latest survey that showed 49 percent of Minnesotans oppose amending the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, while 43 percent support it. A January PPP poll showed 44 percent opposed amending the constitution, while 48 percent supported (-5 support; +5 oppose). This represents a 10-point swing in just four months. Meanwhile, 47 percent of Minnesotans said they believe that marriage for same-sex couples should be legal.

Minnesotans United for All Families – the official campaign to defeat the amendment to the state constitution that would limit the freedom to marry for committed, same-sex couples – released the following statement:

“Today’s poll shows there is a conversation happening across this state about what marriage means and how this amendment would limit the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. The more people talk about this, the more likely they are to vote no in November, and this poll demonstrates that more and more Minnesotans are coming to the conclusion that this is not the right thing to do for our state.

“Marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility, and here in Minnesota, we believe in treating others the way we would want to be treated. This amendment would single out and exclude a certain group of people and tell them that’s it’s illegal to marry the person they love.

“But there are still five months until Election Day, and between now and November we have a long road ahead. We know that the polls will go up and down between now and then, and that’s why we will continue to take this conversation to every corner of our state – a conversation about what marriage means and how this amendment flies in the face of the fundamental Minnesota values of freedom and fairness.”

To view the full poll results, click here.

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