Majority of New Yorkers support gay marriage law

Wed. June 29, 2011 5:47 AM by

New York City - A majority of New Yorkers support a gay marriage law scheduled to take effect on July 25.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law on Friday after it cleared the Republican-controlled Senate, the highest hurdle the measure needed to clear, making the Empire State the most populous state yet to legalize gay marriage.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, 54 percent of registered voters in the state support the move and 40 percent do not.

A large majority (70%) of voters under 35 support the measure, but a majority (57%) of voters over 65 oppose the law. Voters 35 to 64 also support the law.

"Throughout the down-to-the-wire drama and the narrow margin in the State Senate, voter support for same-sex marriage has been consistent," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

A near-majority (49/42) of voters in conservative upstate New York, where Republicans tend to fare better, also approve of the governor's plan.

While white Catholics split 48-to-48 percent on the issue, a large majority (67%) of Jews support it, but white Protestants oppose the measure 54-to-40 percent.

"On gay marriage, many of the people in the pews split with their bishops," Carroll said.

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