Poll Shows Majority of Connecticut Voters Want Marriage Amendment on Ballot

Results of a jointly commissioned poll led by the Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC) and Connecticut Catholic Conference show that 76 percent of state residents favor placing a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot for public vote.

Seventy-eight percent of those polled support the definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

“The people of Connecticut clearly oppose civil unions/same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation,” said Brian S. Brown, the executive director of FIC. “The people want the chance to vote on marriage.”

"In every state where the people have had the chance to directly vote on marriage--including liberal Oregon--they have overwhelmingly upheld the common sense definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” said Brown.

“Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, black, white and Hispanic--we are united in our support for protecting marriage."

Leaders such as Roman Catholic Archbishop Henry Mansell, Bishop William Lori, and African-American leader Bishop LeRoy Bailey have formed a multicultural, interreligious coalition in opposition to civil-union/same-sex marriage legislation. They have urged state legislators to support a constitutional marriage amendment to define and protect traditional marriage, similar to legislation being debated upon in other states.

“Our legislators should stand up for democracy and let the people decide the future of marriage,” said Brown.

The poll results were released on Wednesday, followed by a press conference. Harris Interactive, the 15th largest market research company in the world, conducted the poll. Details of the poll can be viewed at the website: www.ctfamily.org.