Poll: 63% of Americans oppose DOMA’s marriage discrimination
June 17, 2013
A new poll (PDF), released last week from ABC News and The Washington Post, found that a large majority of Americans oppose the marriage discrimination caused by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples. Thousands of couples nationwide - including Daniel and Yohandel, who married in Washington, D.C. and now face the risk of being separatedbecause DOMA does not allow Yohandel to sponsor Daniel for immigration purposes - need to see DOMA repealed to have their marriages respected.
The poll demonstrates that 63% of respondents said they support "giving same-sex couples federal benefits," with just 34% saying they oppose this. Among those supportive are 74% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans. Even among respondents over the age of 65, 46% agree that married same-sex couples should receive the same federal protections of marriage that different-sex couples receive.
This month, the United States Supreme Court will announce its ruling in Windsor v. United States, which challenges the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. If the Court overturns DOMA, legally married same-sex couples living in states with the freedom to marry will have access to those federal protections referenced in the poll.
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