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Poll finds growing support for gay unions

Poll finds growing support for gay unions
Jen (L) and Rose Nagle-Yndigoyed hold hands as they exchange wedding vows in Central Park on July 30, 2011 in New York City. Nearly a week after New York State legalized same-sex marriages gay couples have been marrying throughout the state. UPI /Monika Graff | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Attitudes toward same-sex marriage have become significantly more favorable in three politically important states that previously opposed it, a poll indicates.

Approximately half of voters in Florida, Ohio and Virginia now say same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a dramatic shift over the past eight years, The Washington Post reported Tuesday based on surveys by conducted in September.

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In Florida, 54 percent of voters said same-sex marriage should be legal, and 33 percent said it should be illegal. In 2008, 62 percent of Florida voters backed a state constitutional amendment limiting same-sex marriage.

Some 49 percent of Virginia voters said in the September poll they supported same-sex marriage, while 40 percent were opposed. Six years ago, 57 percent of Virginian votes supported legislation that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. A Post poll of Virginia voters this past May found many people had changed their mind -- 46 percent said then same-sex marriage should be legal and 43 percent opposed it.

Some 52 percent of Ohio voters gave the nod to same-sex marriage in September, while 37 percent said it should be unlawful. In 2004, 62 percent of voters in that state supported an amendment banning gay marriage.

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The telephone survey of a random sampling of 1,107 adults in Florida and 1,101 adults in Ohio was conducted Sept. 19-23. Margin of error of the full sampling was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Polling information from the Virginia survey was not reported.

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