Same-Sex Marriage Gains Support

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

First, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state legalized same-sex marriage in November. Now comes a new poll  showing strong support for that nationwide.

The survey by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University found 48 percent of U.S. voters supporting same-sex marriage, with 46 percent opposing it. In 2008, Quinnipiac’s polling  showed 55 percent opposing same-sex marriage against 36 percent approval.

“It seems pretty clear that attitudes toward same-sex marriage in American society are changing rapidly,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute. “While the country remains split on the issue, supporters have come pretty far in the last four years.”

The nation may not be split too much longer, as younger voters are more supportive than their parents.

Quinnipiac found 63 percent of voters aged 18 to 29 backing same-sex marriage.


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