Social Policy & Politics Program | Talking Points
How to Change Your Public Position on Marriage
Our country is nearing a tipping point on the issue of marriage for gay couples, with polls now consistently showing majority support for marriage, and state legislatures voting to add three new states to the list of those allowing gay couples to marry in just the past few months. The politics of the issue are moving incredibly quickly, and policymakers on both sides of the aisle are rapidly beginning to evolve from support for civil unions, once a safe compromise position, to full support for marriage. Just this week, President Obama added his name to the list, announcing that he now supports allowing gay couples to marry.
Americans have undergone a dramatic shift on this question—in fact, when the Defense of Marriage Act was passed in 1996, support for marriage was half of current levels at 27%. So it is not surprising that politicians and other public figures have begun to change their views on the issue as well. As policymakers continue to publicly announce their evolution on marriage for gay couples, this publication from Third Way’s Commitment Campaign lays out three rules to heed for those who are changing their public position on marriage.
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