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New Poll: Americans Increase Support Of Marriage Equality to 54%

Washington D.C.— A poll by NBC News/ Wall Street Journal today shows that 54 percent of Americans would support a law in their state making same-sex marriage legal, while 40% oppose it. The latest survey is in line with a raft of other national polls reflecting the fast growing momentum in support of marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples.

"We’ve seen it time and again for the last three years: a majority of Americans are on board with marriage equality," said Fred Sainz, Human Rights Campaign Vice President of Communications. "This issue has gained traction quickly because fair-minded Americans are realizing marriage for all couples is about commitment and family."

The new polling numbers also indicate that President Barack Obama's recent affirmation of his support of Marriage Equality did no harm to his re-election prospects within key demographic groups. 62 percent say the president's support for gay marriage doesn't make a difference in their vote -- including 75 percent of independents, 76 percent of moderates, 81 percent of African Americans, and 65 percent of residents in the Midwest.

The poll comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage earlier this month and the historic NAACP Board of Directors vote to endorse marriage equality last weekend.

Today's poll also shows that 62 percent of respondents say the president's support for marriage equality won't affect their vote. — Staff

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