Two new polls confirm that a significant majority of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act so that same-sex couples can access the federal benefits associated with marriage. In fact, even some voters who oppose marriage equality itself feel that DOMA is bad law.
For example, a new poll from CNN/ORC International shows that 56 percent of Americans believe the federal government should recognize any same-sex marriage that is legal in the states, while 43 percent disagree. This is three points higher than CNN’s poll released last week, which found that 53 percent support marriage equality and 44 percent oppose it.
A similar poll from CBS News found an even more favorable result: 60 percent believe believe the federal government should recognize same-sex marriage while only 35 percent disagree. Nevertheless, CBS polling also found that 53 percent support full marriage equality and 39 percent oppose it. Only 36 percent believe having same-sex relations between consenting adults is wrong.
As the oral arguments wrap up today, it’s clear that an overwhelming number of Americans appreciate that denying married same-sex couples federal benefits just isn’t fair.