The following is from a Family Foundation press release: RICHMOND–As the U.S Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments over whether voters have the freedom to determine marriage laws, a new national survey commissioned by the Family Research Council, The Family Foundation of Virginia, and a coalition of pro-family organizations from around the country found that more than 53 percent of Americans agree with the definition of marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, as found in Virginia’s constitution.

“Despite the secular left and media driven narrative to the contrary, most Americans still believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman,” said Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia. “The Supreme Court should respect the will of the voters in the thirty states that like Virginia have defined marriage in their constitutions.  What’s more, the government should not intrude into the lives of free citizens and penalize them simply for believing that marriage is between a man and a woman.” 

WPA Opinion Research, who conducted the poll of 800 registered voters, also surveyed whether the Supreme Court should uphold the right of voters to define marriage. The poll found that 61 percent agree that “states and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and the Supreme Court shouldn’t force all 50 states to redefine marriage.” 

The poll also found that more than 8 in 10 Americans believe the government should leave people free to follow their belief about marriage in their daily lives and how they run their businesses.  This comes in the wake of several incidents where Americans have been either sued or lost their jobs simply for expressing their deeply held beliefs regarding marriage and human sexuality.

In Atlanta, the city’s Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired allegedly for writing a devotional for his church on his personal time. The devotional professed a biblical view of sexuality. Despite an unparalleled record of achievement as the city’s fire chief, Atlanta’s mayor fired Cochran for his beliefs about marriage. Cochran is suing the city for discrimination.

In Washington state, seventy year old grandmother and florist Barronelle Stutzman has been sued by that state’s Attorney General and American Civil Liberties Union for declining to make a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding.  Stutzman had served members of the LGBT community for years, but believed she would be violating her religious convictions to make floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding, so she referred the gay couple to another florist in town.  The suit could cost her not just fines, but her business, her life savings and her home.

“American citizens shouldn’t have their livelihoods taken away by the government simply for practicing what they believe,” added Cobb.  “Instead of respecting differences of opinion, the government is now being used to punish those who refuse to bow to the secular left.  The survey we’re releasing today shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans side with personal freedom over punishment by the government.”

Exit polling from Virginia’s November’s elections also found that 53 percent of those who voted still support the Commonwealth’s marriage amendment.

The poll released today was conducted February 2-4 and has a margin of error of +/-3.5%. You can review the poll here.