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Independent Poll Demonstrates Strong Support for Marriage Equality in California


By: Love Honor Cherish

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Dec. 27, 2011 - Love Honor Cherish (LHC) applauds the strong support for marriage equality among California's decline-to-state voters demonstrated in an independent poll conducted by the leading polling firm Tulchin Research on behalf of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

According to Tulchin Research, decline-to-state voters, comprising "20 percent of the electorate," "show strong support for the LGBT community and marriage equality."

"By a 2-to-1 margin, three out of five (60 percent)" decline-to-state "voters support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with a resounding 44 percent who strongly support legal avenues to marriage. In contrast, less than a third (30 percent total oppose) oppose legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples and less than one out of ten is undecided."

Eric Harrison, LHC's Interim Executive Director stated, "To be at 60% with decline-to-state voters in California rocks. This poll shows significant movement in support for marriage equality and demonstrates that the hard work done to educate Californians about the freedom to marry has paid off."

In a July 2009 poll commissioned by Love Honor Cherish, Equality California, Courage Campaign and more than 30 other organizations to determine when to seek repeal of Prop 8, decline-to-state voters favored marriage by 49% with 18% undecided and 33% opposed.

"The California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund poll confirms what we all know," said Harrison. "The voters are now ready. Prop 8 can and should be relegated to the dustbin of history on November 6, 2012. We call on all California elected officials, Equality California, Courage Campaign and major funders to unite with Love Honor Cherish in our unwavering pursuit of marriage equality."

On Friday, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen granted a gay rights group permission to move forward with a petition seeking to reinstate same-sex marriage in California.

Love Honor Cherish is a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization committed to repealing Prop 8 and to developing a new generation of leadership on this issue. Formed in May 2008 to defeat Prop 8, Love Honor Cherish raised over $500,000 for the No on 8 campaign and mounted its own outreach and media efforts. After the passage of Prop 8, Love Honor Cherish began working immediately to secure its repeal by means of a new ballot proposition. With its coalition partners, Love Honor Cherish had over one million conversations with California voters on the issue of marriage equality and collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in support. Going forward, Love Honor Cherish continues to lead the struggle to repeal Prop 8. www.lovehonorcherish.org


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