by Andy Birkey| May 14, 2009 • A SurveyUSA/KSTP poll
released this week shows a high level of support for the state recognition of same-sex couples. Sixty-four percent of respondents said the state should offer same-sex marriage or civil unions. Only 34 percent said same-sex couples should have no relationship rights.
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Specifically, 29 percent favored same-sex marriage and 35 percent supported civil unions. Democrats were more likely to support same-sex marriage (45 percent) while independents favored civil unions (42 percent). Republicans favored no rights (57 percent).
In addition, Minnesotans said they oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage with only 44 percent supporting it and 52 percent in opposition.
Bills that would legalize same-sex marriage as well as civil unions were offered at the Minnesota Capitol this session, but died in committee.