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Poll: Traditional marriage worth preserving

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, November 12, 2012

Do Americans care about preserving traditional marriage? A recent poll suggests they do, in spite of Election Day results favoring homosexual "marriage."

Last Tuesday, voters in Maryland, Maine, and Washington state approved homosexual marriage, while Minnesota -- which under state law still recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman -- rejected a constitutional amendment that would have enshrined that definition of marriage in the state constitution.

As a follow-up to that turn of events, the National Organization for Marriage commissioned a nationwide poll on Election Day. NOM spokesman Frank Schubert has the results.

"Sixty percent of voters do believe that marriage is one man and one woman -- and this is a finding that is very consistent with a poll that was taken for us in September which found that 57 percent of American voters at that time believe that marriage was only the union of a man and a woman," he shares.

Schubert explains why the poll is important in light of same-gender marriage being approved in three states on November 6.

"The activists in the homosexual movement are very aggressive trying to spin the election results as somehow signaling a big shift in public opinion on the issue of gay marriage, when in fact it doesn't signal any shift at all," he remarks.

Schubert goes on to explain that last Tuesday, traditional marriage lost in liberal states by a relatively small percentage -- even though its supporters were outspent considerably. He also told OneNewsNow that the poll should reassure traditional marriage proponents the movement is still very much alive.

Of particular note is that in all four of these states, traditional marriage received more votes than the GOP presidential ticket received (see below) -- indicating perhaps that while preserving traditional marriage is an important issue to many voters, it is not an issue upon which an election may turn.

Maine
Romney: 41%
Traditional marriage: 46%

Maryland
Romney: 36.6%
Traditional marriage: 48.1%

Minnesota
Romney: 45%
Traditional marriage: 47.4%

Washington
Romney: 41.8%
Traditional marriage: 46.8%

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