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Delaware statewide poll shows broad support for same-sex civil unions

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A new public opinion poll reveals there are twice as many likely voters in Delaware who support same-sex civil unions as there are voters who oppose civil unions.

According to the poll, more than six out of 10 voters (62%) in Delaware favor allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions, which is twice the number who oppose such a law (31%). The remaining (7%) were undecided.

Lisa Goodman, President of Equality Delaware, said the poll results are very encouraging for the thousands of individuals, children and families who deserve to achieve equality.

“The poll findings are consistent with what we have been hearing for months from citizens up and down the state,” said Goodman. “Delawareans clearly support civil unions as a way to provide equal protections for same-sex families.”

Nearly 700 likely voters in Delaware participated in the poll conducted February 28 through March 6, 2011 by Lake Research Partners, which has a margin of error +/- of less than 4 percent.

Delaware state Rep. Melanie George (D-Bear) and state Sen. David Sokola (D-Newark) are sponsoring legislation to establish civil unions in Delaware — the bills are expected to be introduced before the Delaware General Assembly on Tuesday, March 22.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Civil Unions is not marriage!

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:25pm
  2. It’s a step, though. One at a time; let us celebrate each little victory!

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:27pm
  3. make gay marriage legal its 2011 not 1911!

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:28pm
  4. But it’s better than nothing at all.

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:28pm
  5. I JUST WANNA MARRY MY GIRLFRIEND!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:31pm
  6. civil union is not marrige but its a start

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:40pm
  7. Damn it, we’re in the 21st century! I had hoped that, by this time, no one would care!

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 8:30pm
  8. Progress is progress and should be celebrated. A civil union law will lead to a marriage law as in the previous states that have led the way. It seems that people have to get their feet wet first and see that the Earth’s axis will not shift with these new laws.

    Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 3:38am
  9. At this point, civil unions are progress. I’ll take it. Slow steps forward are better than nothing. Go for it!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:32pm