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posted Friday, October 1, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 40
Americans now support same-sex marriage
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Americans now support same-sex marriage

by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll has found that a majority of Americans now think the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages.

Asked, 'Should the federal government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex, or not?' 52 percent of respondents said yes, 46 percent said 'no' and 2 percent were unsure.

The poll also asked, 'Should couples of the same sex be entitled to the same government benefits as married couples of the opposite sex, or should the government distinguish between them?'

Fifty-eight percent said benefits should be equalized, 38 percent said they should not be, 3 percent were unsure, and 1 percent refused to answer the question.

The poll, conducted August 11-16, quizzed 1,007 adults and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

For the second time, a national poll shows that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, reflecting the growing momentum of the marriage movement, said Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson. Echoing the findings of last months CNN poll, the Associated Press poll shows that those who would deny liberty and equal protection to same-sex couples are now in the minority.

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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