"Marriage" and related terms ("same-sex marriage", "same sex marriage", "civil unions", "Prop 8", "Proposition 8", "gay marriage") have been used a total of 57 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: Put the words "gay" or "same-sex" in front of "marriage" and you've got a subject that drives some voters to the polls — many to vote for conservatives who oppose laws giving gays and lesbians the right to marry.

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Jerry Brown (D)


  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 6 uses since Aug. 30

Michael Steele (RNC) (R)


  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 1 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 11 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 21 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "marriage"

...Alexi: I am for full marriage equality. "We're going to look back and be embarrassed we didn't act sooner" #ilsen...

Alexi Giannoulias , via Twitter (October 19)

...VIDEO: In 38 years of marriage, I have never seen Rick Scott give up. He'll get the job done. ~Ann Scott #flgov #rpof...

Rick Scott, via Twitter (October 13)

...repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ policy for gays in the military and support for domestic partner benefits and civil unions. ‘It’s more of an appropriate evolution,’ Crist said this morning. ‘As I think most of us learned in life,...

Marco Rubio , via RSS (October 6)

...Obamacare—first you were against it, then you were for it, now you’re against it again—to education reform to traditional marriage. Indeed, the only thing about you that is consistent is your willingness to do or say whatever it takes...

Marco Rubio , via RSS (September 24)

...ban on Same-sex Marriage - While telling CNN that he has a "live and let live" attitude towards gay marriage today, Governor Crist reiterated his support for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage....

Kendrick Meek, via RSS (September 13)

...supports anti-discrimination laws for employment, support a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, supports domestic partner benefits and supports civil unions. But most notably, it suggests Crist is now OK with the idea of gay adoption — something he opposed when...

Marco Rubio , via RSS (September 13)

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