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Commitment: The Answer to the Middle’s Questions on Marriage for Gay Couples

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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National polls now indicate that a majority of Americans support allowing gay couples to marry. Our country has undergone an unprecedented shift on the issue, with support doubling in just 15 years. But these gains are not yet locked in—a sizable chunk of the support is still susceptible to the arguments of marriage opponents. This report provides six lessons for talking to the middle about marriage, based on our extensive qualitative and quantitative public opinion research, and it lays out the most effective framework for building and solidifying support for marriage across the country.

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