KSTP poll: Solid majority of Minnesotans support same-sex unions

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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.

Andy Birkey lives in Minneapolis. He is an LGBT community advocate and blogs on politcial, social, and community issues. Read his blog at Eleventh Avenue South

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.

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