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An Ally's Guide to Talking About Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

The Bottom Line

Public support for allowing same-sex couples to marry has grown significantly over the past few years, with multiple national polls showing that a majority of Americans now support marriage. This surge in support has followed years of important public and private conversations about marriage and same-sex couples—conversations that have helped move people away from being undecided on an “issue” and toward being supportive of marriage for loving, committed couples.

An Ally’s Guide to Talking About Marriage for Same-Sex Couples provides conversational approaches for sustaining and building support for marriage. In addition to grounding our conversations in the core values that embody marriage for gay and straight couples alike, we need to help people understand and grapple with how same-sex couples are hurt when they are shut out of marriage. We can also remind people of how our shared beliefs—particularly in the Golden Rule, freedom, and not sitting in judgment of others—are at the heart of people’s journeys toward supporting marriage.

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