A new campaign debuted on July 10 that celebrates increasing support for marriage equality among conservatives, especially young voters.
“Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry,” says a statement on the Freedom to Marry website.
Freedom to Marry has been at the forefront of the marriage equality battle for years. This year, the group has focused on a campaign to promote marriage equality among mayors from cities large and small and encourage inclusion of gay marriage in Democratic Party platforms. The campaign that debuted on July 10 celebrates the involvement of Freedom to Marry supporters who identify as conservatives.
According to a Public Religion Research Institute survey, nearly half (49 percent) of Republican Millennials favor allowing gay and lesbian people to marry, compared to only 19 percent of Republican seniors and less than one-third (31 percent) of all Republicans.
Freedom to Marry, with the new campaign, also noted older conservatives who support marriage equality, including former First Lady Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida.