Americans Largely In Favor of SCOTUS Obamacare, Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

The steps of the Supreme Court. (From supremecourt.gov.)

The steps of the Supreme Court. (From supremecourt.gov.)


The first public opinion polls are coming in after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decisions, and they’re decisive.

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 63% support the Court’s ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans oppose both decisions (54 percent oppose the Obamacare decision and 59 percent oppose the gay marriage ruling) but Democrats and independents are largely in favor of them. CNN reports that 63 percent of all independents support both rulings.

Americans instinctively understand that the more people are allowed to participate, the healthier we are as a nation. Excluding LGBT* couples from marriage makes no sense on an intellectual level, it makes no sense on an economic level—the Williams Institute estimated that same-sex marriage might have generated 2.6 billion dollars in local economies by the time it was legalized in all 50 states—and just on a basic human level, it’s unacceptable. And even setting aside the compelling moral arguments, a society in which a large portion of the population doesn’t have access to basic health care is a society that’s not maximizing its potential.

Happily, Americans recognize that we don’t live in a world in which we have to decide between doing the right thing and making America a better place for generations to come. They’re one and the same. Inclusivity is good for everyone.

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Paul Constant
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