Minnesotans Lukewarm on Marriage Ban

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 16 2011 2:25 PM ET

A new poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans do not want a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The results highlight a sea change in the mid-western state — a 2004 poll found 58% of residents supported a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and now, seven years later, only 39% are gunning for a constitutional change. This year's poll results showed 55% of Minnesotans oppose altering the constitution, and opposition to the ban cut across all ages but was strongest among the young.

While the poll results are encouraging, they may not play out the same at the ballot box — the Minnesota legislature is swiftly advancing a bill that could ask voters  in 2012 to weigh in on a constitutional gay marriage ban.

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