Poll: Majority of Americans support national recognition of same-sex unions


A new national poll released on Friday suggests that more than half of all Americans support now favor national recognition of same-sex marriages.

According to the latest survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 53 percent of U.S. adults agreed that regardless of their own personal views, “a same-sex marriage legally granted in one state should be recognized as a legal marriage in all other states in the same way generally that heterosexual marriages are recognized across state lines.”

Just as significantly, 49 percent of adults surveyed said they “support the right for same-sex couples to marry;” 41 percent were oppose the right, and 10 percent were unsure.

The online survey of 2,397 U.S. adults, (ages 18 and over), of whom 358 self identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT), was conducted between July 11 and July 18, 2011, by Harris Interactive, a global market research and consulting firm, and Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications firm that specializes in LGBT issues.

The study also questioned LGBT adults about their choices where to live and work — given the contrast between states that offer or deny equal marriage rights for same-sex partners today.

According to the survey, 46 percent of gay and lesbian said they would consider changing jobs if their employer required them to transfer to a state where same-sex marriages were not recognized, and 78 percent said that “other factors being equal,” they would choose a job in a state where same-sex marriages are recognized over a job in a state where it is not.

Complete survey results are here.

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