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

Sunday, March 20, 2011
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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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