Voters in Arizona , other battleground states, overwhelmingly support marriage equality

Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag, stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation June 15, 2020. ||Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

By Gloria Rebecca Gomez || Arizona Mirror

While federal efforts to protect same-sex marriage have slowed, Arizonans report high levels of support for marriage equality. 

As much as 69% of Arizonans agree that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry legally, according to a new poll from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group. 

The survey looked at eleven swing states, including Arizona, and found that voters who signaled support for a law to protect marriage equality far outnumbered those against the idea – 64% approved compared to just 36% who opposed it. Women were the subgroup with the greatest percentage in favor of such a law, at 69%, but men weren’t far behind, with 58% of them approving. 

The right to marry regardless of sexual orientation is currently protected under the landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. But the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June put other high court decisions based on the right to privacy in jeopardy, especially as the newly conservative court voiced an interest in revisiting them.

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