New Poll Shows More Minnesotans Favor Marriage Equality
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
April 28 2013 12:29 PM ET
A new poll out of Minnesota shows that a majority of Minnesotans favor changing the law that bans same-sex marriage. The poll, from KSTP/Survey USA, comes just a month before the Minnesota House and Senate will be voting on marriage equality.
The poll asked 500 residents from around the state whether "the Minnesota state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
The poll indicates that 51% of Minnesotans favored the idea while 47% are opposed to changing the law. Only two percent were undecided. Earlier this year, KSTP reports, 42% of Minnesotans favored changing the law and 54% were opposed.
According to KSTP, while Democrats control the House and Senate, the vote on marriage equality is expected to be extremely close, in part because many of those legisltors represent socially conservative districts where voters favored Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last fall. When that measure failed, by a vote of 51% against to 48% in support, Minnesota became the first state in the nation where voters rejected a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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