Poll: Gay marriage decisions were the right call, say most Americans

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Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
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Right on, SCOTUS.

That’s the message to the nation’s highest court from a majority of Americans, who in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll issued their own rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 cases one week after the Supreme Court did.

The poll found that 56% approve of the DOMA ruling “providing legally married same-sex couples with the same federal benefits given to other married couples,” while 41% disapprove. On Prop 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, 51% of respondents said they supported SCOTUS’ decision (or lack of decision) to let the lower court’s ruling stand.

The Supreme Court made history last week when the justices ruled 5-4 to strike down DOMA, a 1996 law defining marriage as a union between one man and one women for federal purposes. By the same 5-4 margin, the justices also decided that the proponents of Prop 8 lacked standing to defend it, and deferred to the trial court’s ruling that the voter referendum, as it applied to California, was unconstitutional.


Same-sex marriage returned to the Golden State last week. Since then, scores of gay couples, including both pairs of Prop 8 plaintiffs, have tied the knot.

The telephone poll was conducted June 26 through June 30 among a random national sample of 1,005 adults. It has a plus or minus 3.5% margin of sampling error.

Poll: Gay marriage decisions were the right call, say most Americans

Updated