The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nations largest LGBT activism groups, has released a study showing support for same-sex marriage is at some the highest levels ever here in VA.
“The future of equality is bright in Virginia,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement. “Like so many other places, we see two trends in the commonwealth. Young people in overwhelming numbers recognize the importance of allowing everyone to marry the person they love. And, as we’ve seen nationally, a decisive majority of people think it’s just common sense to ensure that no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love.”
The numbers from the survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Target Point Consulting from June 26-30, 2013, break the support down by region and race. Notable is the number of Virginians overall who support same-sex marriage, 55%, a significant increase over a Washington Post poll from May of this year which showed overall support for marriage equality at 46%.
Here are some more numbers from the HRC poll:
Support for marriage equality is high throughout most of Virginia. It stands at:
68 percent in Northern Virginia
53 percent in Central Virginia
51 percent in Eastern Virginia
58 percent of African Americans in Virginia support marriage equality.
81 percent of Virginians mistakenly believe it’s already illegal to fire someone simply for being LGBT.
Support for employment protections at the state level are high across demographics: