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Marriage Wins Elections

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2009

Freedom to Marry has just released a study (PDF: 112 KB/5 pages) which shows that “exhibiting leadership by voting to support the freedom to marry helps rather than hurts politicians.”

Many politicians, particularly Democratic politicians, fear that if they appear too closely aligned with same-sex marriage, they will face the consequences at the ballot box. But Freedom to Marry found that those who voted to end marriage discrimination since 2005 have a 100% re-election rate. This finding goes beyond re-election to their current seats — even those who sought higher office in 2008 all won.

These findings extend to those who evolved from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage, as well as to those who voted against anti-marriage amendments in their state legislatures.

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Fred
January 14th, 2009 | LINK

Forgive me for being cynical but perhaps all it shows is that legislators who thought it safe to vote for marriage equality were proven to be correct. (How many who thought that it wasn’t were also correct?)

The ‘study’ appears to be a guide for any legislator who wants to avoid any meaningful form of political leadership. If politicians are only going to vote the way the polls tell them to then what is the point of having them?

Charles Lanigan
January 14th, 2009 | LINK

Well, couldn’t there have been external forces that have helped leaders get re-elected when they supported same-sex marriage? See article in Advocate/July 15,2008: http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid55888.asp

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