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Majority Support for Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act has received mostly positive support from the American people.

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56 percent approve of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant same-sex married couples the same federal benefits as other couples. The poll found only 41 percent disapprove of this ruling. It appears public opinion has changed so dramatically on this issue in the past few years that there will not be any popular blow back from this decision. The growing concession among Americans is that same-sex marriage should be legal.

What I find interesting is that the split among the public is nearly identical to the split among the justices. The decision was 5-4. Five out of nine justices is 56 percent of the justices voting in favor.

It was a politically astute move for the Supreme Court to release the voting rights decision only a day before the DOMA decision, which quickly changed the topic. The poll found 51 percent disapprove of Court striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act while only 33 percent approve.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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