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Majority of New Yorkers Support Marriage Equality

Timothy Kincaid

June 23rd, 2009

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that a majority of New Yorkers support a law allowing same-sex couples to marry.

New York State voters support 51 – 41 percent, with 8 percent undecided, a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

While it is news that support finally crossed the 50% mark, support from New Yorkers has been in the 40+ range for a couple years. But we can glean some other interesting facts from this poll:

  • Marriage is supported by both NYC residents (52% – 37%) and by Upstaters (49% – 45%).
  • Marriage is supported by whites (52% – 42%), by Hispanics (55% – 39%), and by blacks (43% – 42%). This is of particular interest because some NY anti-gay activists (Sen. Diaz, for example) have tried to make this a racial issue and claim that Hispanics oppose same-sex marriage. Additionally, it suggests that the much-discussed black opposition to marriage equality may be regional and that a winning approach can be crafted to appeal to this demographic.

The poll also asked about civil unions.

New York State voters support same-sex civil unions 68 – 25 percent, with support from all groups, including 55 – 37 percent among Republicans.

As stated, there were no demographics – age, race, religion, education, location – which opposed civil unions. The largest opposition, 39%, came from weekly church goers.

It appears that recent attention given to the issue – including anti-gay advertising by NOM – has only served to increase support for marriage equality in the state.



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“Black voters split with 43 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed.”

So, what’s the difference between NY and CA in this regard?

Timothy Kincaid
June 23rd, 2009 | LINK


A poll in Los Angeles recently found black voters opposed to marriage equality by 54% to 37%.

Clearly this is not the case in New York. Those working within the African American community in Los Angeles – as well as those planning the upcoming campaign – may find it valuable to consider whether there has been a different approach in New York and whether it could be effective in California.

June 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Yeah, that’s what I was hinting at. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. :)

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