DOMA, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that has already been proven by federal judges to be unconstitutional, has now been proven to be opposed by almost every major demographic group across America. Men, women, whites, non-whites, people across every age group, every educational group, and geographic group, as well as majorities of Catholics and Protestants all oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.
As we reported last week, in a study released by HRC, conservatives are evenly split in their support for DOMA. 45% of conservatives polled indicated support for the Defense of Marriage Act, and 44% indicated they did not support the law, according to an HRC poll released last week. In addition to the 45-44 split for conservatives, only 21% of liberals favor the Defense of Marriage Act, while 70% of liberals are opposed, and even moderates are heavily against support of DOMA: 27% of moderates support DOMA, and 56% oppose it.
Read: “The Republican Lie About DOMA“
Those opposed include:
- 53% of white voters (33% support)
- 47% of non-white voters (35% support)
- 50% of men (35% support)
- 53% of women (33% support)
- 50% – 53% of every age demographic (31% – 37% support)
- 46% of those with a high school diploma or less (37% support)
- 58% post-high school (29% support)
- 52% of college grads (35% support)
- 46% to 57% majorities or pluralities in every geographic region, including the South.
- 51% of Catholics (37% support)
- 53% of Protestants (35% support)
Additional information released today from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) study shows majorities of both white and non-white, majorities of both men and women, majorities from all educational backgrounds, and a majority of Christian likely voters all support Social Security survivor benefits for legally married same-sex couples.
Additionally, the study states, “Under DOMA, men and women in legal same-sex marriages are subject to undue tax burdens that put them at risk of losing their home if something were to happen to their spouses. 64% of those polled believe ALL married couples should be protected from this harm.”
The study finds majorities of both white and non-white, majorities of both men and women, majorities from all educational backgrounds, majorities in every geographic region, majorities of Christians, and pluralities from every age group of likely voters support protecting spouses from losing their homes in cases of severe medical emergencies or death.
Finally, the study finds “54% of Americans believe that the Republicans in Congress should focus on jobs, not DOMA.”
(Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner?)
Last week, Democrats in the House and the Senate introduced bills to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
As a side note, the Republican in the House have passed not a single bill that will add one more job to this economy, instead, they have focused on bills that will support DOMA in court, (at a very high financial expense,) and make it harder and harder for women to get the reproductive health services they want, need, and are constitutionally entitled to be able to access.
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