While the New York Senate continues to debate same-sex marriage — and could vote Friday to make the state the sixth to redefine marriage — the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has released a survey that shows nearly two-thirds of Americans (62 percent) support marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.
The scientific survey, sponsored by ADF and completed by Public Opinion Strategies last month, was part of a comprehensive examination of American attitudes toward marriage. In addition to the national survey, the research included 14 focus groups across the country.
“Americans recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “The union between husband and wife benefits society — especially children — in unique ways that cannot be duplicated by any other relationship.
“Throughout history, diverse cultures and faiths have recognized this universally defined ideal as the best way to promote healthy, natural families for the good of future generations.”
Gene Ulm, Public Opinion Strategies partner and the survey’s director, said the numbers are not surprising, given that 31 out of 31 states have voted to support marriage.
“Forty million Americans in all — 63 percent of total voters — have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” he said.
Raum said marriage is “the building block of civilization.”
“This survey,” he said, “along with the nearly 80 percent win rate in ADF marriage cases, shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum, but not a real base of support or track record of victory in the courts.”
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