National Poll Finds Most Americans Support A Constitutional Amendment to Defend Marriage

WASHINGTON, DC -- A national Wirthlin poll released today by the Alliance for Marriage shows that a majority of Americans favor a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman from lawsuits being filed by activist lawyers in courts across the country.

The release of these findings comes on a day when the state supreme court of Massachusetts will hear oral argument in Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Health -- a case that activist lawyers intend to use as a foundation for "constitutional" challenges to all of America's marriage laws. For example, the Boston Bar Association has openly called for "federal constitutional claims" to be brought against all state and federal marriage laws in the aftermath of a victory in this case.

One of the most important findings of this new Wirthlin poll is that overwhelming numbers of Hispanics (63%) and African-Americans (62%) support a constitutional amendment to protect marriage from such lawsuits. This is ironic since most of the legal arguments in the Goodridge case -- and similar suits filed in New Jersey and Indiana -- are based upon comparisons between the marriage laws of contemporary America and racist laws enforcing legal segregation and discrimination in the South.

In addition, this new Wirthlin national poll reveals:

1. A clear majority of Americans (62%) believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

2. Approximately three-fifths of the American people (57%) currently favor a constitutional amendment to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

3. Working class and low-income Americans (63%) are also among some of the strongest supporters of a constitutional amendment to protect marriage.

For more information, please visit the Alliance for Marriage website at

The findings of this national Wirthlin poll have a margin of error of 3.1% and are based upon a survey of 1,000 American adults conducted last month by Wirthlin Worldwide.

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