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Poll: Majority of Coloradans now favor full same-sex marriage

By Nic Garcia
Out Front Colorado
Friday, December 9, 2011

A majority of Coloradans now support full marriage equality for same-sex couples, a poll released Friday shows.

According to Public Policy Polling, 47 percent of those Coloradans polled said they believe gay and lesbian couples should have all the rights of marriage — and the name to boot. Forty-three percent said they oppose same-sex marriage.

Colorado's gay and lesbian community gathered at the west steps of the Capitol March 31 to rally for civil unions.

“The verdict is in. Poll after poll shows the same thing,” Brad Clark, executive director of statewide LGBT advocacy group One Colorado told Out Front Colorado today. “Everyday support for the full legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples grows as Colorado voters come to know our families.”

Coloradans were split the last time the polling firm asked the question in August.

Moreover, when you add civil unions as an option 76 percent believe same-sex couples should have some form of relationship recognition. Only 23 percent said same-sex couples should have no legal rights.

Broken down by party line: 87 percent of Democrats support relationship recognition, 80 percent of independents agree to at least civil unions and a majority of Republicans — 60 percent — also favor the same rights for same-sex couples as afforded to a heterosexual couple.

In a matter of weeks, state Sen. Pat Steadman, a gay Democrat, will re-introduce his bill to establish civil unions in Colorado. The bill died March 31 at a Republican controlled House Judiciary Committee after it had already been approved by the Senate with bipartisan support.

Nic Garcia is the senior managing editor of Out Front Colorado.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. yay! one by one by one folks

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:45pm
  2. We’re painting the country rainbow =)

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:47pm
  3. You got it Colorado,,,go,,,!!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:51pm
  4. come on OKC seriously

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:53pm
  5. FOUR FOR YOU COLORADO, YOU GO COLORADO!!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:57pm
  6. This Coloradan does!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:59pm
  7. I gay married in Skyrim! We are female dark elves, married in beautiful Elven armor! She protects me, we fight together. She sells items & shares the money. I love her. In the “real world” I am a bi F, married to a male.

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:59pm
  8. love it

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 3:00pm
  9. Great news but wouldn’t this be considered a plurality and not a majority?

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 3:20pm
  10. Gay marriage across the nation is gaining momentum – yay!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 3:21pm
  11. I’m so moving!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 3:37pm
  12. I never really saw Colorado as a “gay-friendly” state. Hopefully some form of legislation goes through that affords same sex couples the same rights, if not full blown marriage. Hope this happens!

    Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11:00pm
  13. The title isn’t exactly accurate. 47% support same-sex marriage, which is not a majority. The 76% said they support “some sort of relationship recognition.” That phrase could mean anything and does not directly imply equal rights.

    However, it is still a good sign over all.

    Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 10:33am
  14. On the contrary, I am an out teen living in suburban colorado. And not once have I ever been harrassed, ridiculed or assaulted for my sexual orientation. Colorado has been extremely open minded for me. I don’t know about other peoples’ stories, but mine is truly positive. Im not surprised by this poll. Colorado has been a great place to come out in.

    Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 5:04pm