How To Get Re-Elected: Support Marriage Equality

Freedom To Marry reports that a good way for politicians to ensure their re-election is to support marriage equality. According to their new study (PDF), 100% of the 499 legislators who voted to end bans on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and California have been re-elected since 2005.

Contrary to some political expectations, voting to support the freedom to marry and opposing anti-marriage measures helps rather than hurts politicians, a new study Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections released by Freedom to Marry unequivocally shows. For many years legislators across the country have voted on laws aimed at ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Others have been asked to vote on state constitutional amendments aimed at discriminating against same-sex couples and their children by denying them the freedom to marry and other legal protections. A review of all of these votes from 2005 to the present shows that legislators who vote to end marriage discrimination for same-sex couples are consistently re-elected.

If you don’t want to open the above-linked PDF, you can embiggen the below screenshot of a portion of the study.