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Field Poll: Majority of Californians support marriage equality

LOS ANGELES – Fifty-one percent of California voters now support the right for same-sex couples to marry, a two-point jump from last year, according to the Field Poll.

The Field Poll is a non-partisan, public-opinion news service.

The poll results mirror the six-point jump, from 44 percent to 50 percent, in March’s Public Policy Institute of California poll. The Field Poll also shows that 50 percent of Latinos now support marriage equality.

The new date sparked a response from Marc Solomon, Equality California’s marriage director.

“Over the past year, Equality California has had more than 900,000 conversations about the freedom to marry with Californians, and we are thrilled that our work is making a real difference,” he said.

“We’re finding that the more people get to know same-sex couples and their families and witness the love and commitment these couples share, the more they support their right to marry.

“The poll also confirms that members of the Latino community are very open to the message of equality. As such, we are stepping up our work in communities of color alongside our coalition partners and tireless volunteers. We are wholeheartedly committed to sharing our stories in every community in order to achieve solid majority support by 2012, so that we can restore the freedom to marry once and for all,” Solomon said.

About EQCA

Equality California is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org