According to a study released in early January by the marriage equality group, Freedom to Marry, supporting marriage equality and opposing antimarriage measures helps rather than hurts politicians.
A review of votes from 21 different states representing all four major regions of the country between 2005 through the 2008 presidential election shows that legislators who vote to end marriage discrimination for same-sex couples are consistently re-elected. The success of more than 1,100 state legislators who voted to support the freedom to marry stands in bold contrast to the commonly held belief that supporting marriage equality ends political campaigns and careers.
“The American people deserve leaders who aren’t afraid to lead,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People’s Right to Marry . “For politicians, standing up for marriage equality is not touching a third-rail; rather, it is a track to re-election and, happily, the path toward inclusion that America is traveling.” Details: freedomtomarry.org. – by Nancy Ford