The GLAAD Daily: Studies on Marriage Equality and Discrimination Against LGBT People

Freedom to Marry recently commissioned pollsters Jan van Lohuizen and Joel Benenson, who worked for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama respectively. The pollsters released a memo arguing that supporting marriage equality is, as Ben Smith writes, “increasingly safe political ground, and will in future years begin to ‘dominate’ the political landscape.” The memo reads, “It is clear that the public is in the process of rethinking its position on the issue, with all political groups – Democrats, Independents as well as Republicans – and all age groups more likely to support marriage for same-sex couples.” The National Compensation Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday found that 33% of gay and lesbian state and local government employees had access to health protections for their partners, which is higher than the 29% of employees working in private companies. A May 2011 report by the Independent Democratic Conference on the economic impact of marriage equality in New York said it would create $311 million in increased revenue and economic activity during the next three years. Bob Witeck recent penned an opinion piece for examining the positive economic impact of marriage equality in New York. In other New York marriage news, the Washington Post ran two pieces about faith and marriage equality. In one piece, Kele Nkhereanye and Renee Bodyd wrote about the presence of faith leaders and other people of faith during the first day of marriages for same-sex couples in New York. Becky Garrison wrote in another piece about how different Christian denominations view the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York and highlights Christian leaders who are affirming of marriage equality. The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a report this week examining academic studies and other evidence of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the negative impact discrimination has on LGBT people. Zack Ford at Think Progress further examined the study. The Human Rights Campaign commissioned the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research to conduct a survey, which found 51% of respondents support marriage equality and that 58% further favor extending federal protections to married same-sex couples. In Colombia, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that same-sex couples do not receive the same protections as straight married couples in the country and instructed Congress to pass "comprehensive, systematic, and orderly legislation" by June 20, 2013, to address the imbalance.