Reports & Research

Same-sex marriage, civil unions and the 2004 presidential election

Report Type: 
Report
Date: 
December 09, 2004

Despite claims to the contrary, same-sex marriage did not cost John Kerry the presidential election. Data from the 2004 national exit polls indicate:

  • Same-sex marriage had little net effect on the outcome of the election;
  • Voters increasingly accept other forms of same-sex partnership recognition.