One Equal World

Utah Residents Split on Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on: October 3, 2014

A new poll taken in the state of Utah reveals that Utahans are completely torn on the issue of marriage equality. Same-sex marriage cases have been making headlines (and headway) since the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), back in June, 2013. Now, state by state, marriage equality progress is forging on.

marriage-equalityAccording to The Washington Post, “Utahns are split on whether they support same-sex marriage, but a majority says its legalization in the state wouldn’t affect their family,” of the poll findings. Reportedly, a Benenson Strategy Group poll released earlier this week found that 49 percent of Utah residents think that same-sex couples should be allowed to legally wed; 48 percent possess the opposite opinion. Despite how torn Utahns are, when poll respondents were asked whether same-sex marriage would affect their families, 69 percent said it would not.

As Ken Mehlman, a conservative marriage equality activist, explained to OUT Magazine, “as people see what happens when people are treated equally under the law, when there is the opportunity for civil marriage, they see their family values being enhanced, they see their community values getting stronger,” of the positive outcomes marriage equality has in communities across the country. Mehlman, along with HRC’s Chad Griffin, Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, and thousands of other marriage equality and LGBT rights activists, know that the road to universal marriage equality will be a long and challenging one, but are positive that America can get there.

“I think there’s a real sense in America that this is happening everywhere,” remarked Joel Benenson, founder of the Benenson Strategy Group, in reference to the poll results in Utah. Last December, a federal judge in Utah ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the first of many steps towards achieving marriage equality in the state. With more and more Utahns coming around to same-sex marriage, hopefully gay and lesbian couples there will soon have the opportunity to legally marry.

Learn more about the recent poll, the current state of marriage equality in the U.S. and more by visiting Freedom to Marry.

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