Sixty percent of likely voters support gay marriage

Mon. February 16, 2015 10:19 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Sixty percent of likely voters support equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

According to a survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted January 25-31 by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, 60 percent of respondents said they favor "allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally," while 37 percent remain opposed.

Pollsters also asked respondents whether they agree or disagree with FRC President Tony Perkins' claim that nationwide marriage equality will lead to "civil war."Seventy percent of voters disagreed with Perkins' statement, including a majority (57%) of Republicans.

"In some of our previous reports to HRC, sometimes in the face of [a] stubborn anti-marriage majority, we have noted the movement toward equality over time and said this question is not a matter of 'if' but 'when,'" pollsters said in announcing their findings. "For voters, 'when' is 'now.'"

Currently, gay couples can marry in 37 states, Alabama being the latest.

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