Among those living in the 33 states that ban gay marriage, a majority support it


Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge embrace after being told they are officially married in Utah after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. (Scott Sommerdorg/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP)

Most of the people living in the 33 states that ban same-sex marriages disagree with their state’s stance on the issue, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Some 53 percent in those states say gay marriages should be legal, though 40 percent still oppose it. That said, there’s individual variation. Our poll doesn’t break the numbers down by state, but others show opposition outweighing support in some states. A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll, for example, found support at less than half in Texas and North Carolina.

But, nationally, a record-high 59 percent support it, according to our poll. And with 34 percent opposing, the gap between the two is now wider than it’s ever been in the poll. Half of all Americans also believe gay marriage is constitutionally protected.

The graphic below about sums up where things stand and how they’ve changed, but check out the full story on the poll.


SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News poll. Published on March 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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