DETROIT – A new poll of 600 registered voters in Michigan shows strong support for civil marriage equality in Michigan. According to the poll, 59% of Michigan voters believe that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage passed by voters in 2004 is unconstitutional. While courts around the nation debate the issue, 63% of Michigan voters support recognizing marriages from other states. Polls have consistently shown support for passage of marriage equality in Michigan, and this poll shows 56.2% of voters continue to support marriage equality. Opposition to same-sex marriage has dropped from 37.6% in May 2013 to 33.8% in February 2014.
Equality Michigan, the only statewide anti-violence and advocacy organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of Michigan, is helping to lead a coalition effort to bring marriage equality to Michigan.
Emily Dievendorf, Equality Michigan’s managing director said “Michigan voters know that the tide is turning for marriage equality across the nation, and they do not want to be living in a state that is considered behind the times. I sincerely hope that Judge Friedman will recognize this month what this poll shows our citizens already know, that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages has to go. Equality Michigan looks forward to working with our coalition partners around the state to move toward equality and progress for ALL Michiganders by repealing that ban and finally bringing marriage equality to Michigan. The people have spoken and now we have to win this battle whether the route to equality is through the courts, the ballot box or the state capitol.”
The survey was commissioned by Equality Michigan and conducted by the Glengariff Group over January 29 – February 1, 2014, it has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with 95% level of confidence.