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Report: 97% of Pro-gay Politicians Were Reelected in 2012

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A new report shows that politicians who vote for marriage equality are not in as much danger of losing their jobs as some might think.

The groups Freedom to Marry and Third Way released a report showing that 97 percent of pro-gay marriage legislators who were up for reelection in 2012 won their seats again. That’s compared to just 90 percent of all incumbent state legislators up for reelection last year.

They also found that 85 percent of Republican legislators who voted for marriage equality since 2010 did not lose their seats because of it.

Evan Wolfson is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry. He tells OutQ News the report refutes claims that voting for marriage equality can threaten legislator’s jobs.

WOLFSON: It doesn’t hurt elected officials to take a stand and rise to fairness, but in fact it actually helps them. It actually really generates support.

Wolfson also says the report should give those considering marriage equality measures “great confidence” to “do the right thing.”
 
-Molly Ward
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Written by OutQ News staff

March 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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