Poll: Majority of Nevadans support repeal of state’s ban on same-sex marriage


CARSON CITY, Nev. — A majority of Nevadans favor repealing the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a newly released survey.

The poll, commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN), and conducted last week by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters, found that 54 percent of respondents would favor removing the Protection of Marriage provision from the Nevada Constitution; 43 percent were opposed.

The measure passed in 2002 with almost 67 percent of the vote.

Only those identifying themselves as deeply conservative were against repealing the provision — by 76 percent.

The poll question asked, “Would you favor or oppose removing the Protection of Marriage provision from the Nevada Constitution? Removing this provision would allow same-sex couples to legally marry in Nevada…”

In 2009, the Nevada state legislature passed a bill to create a domestic partnership registry to allow same-sex couples many of the same rights as married, heterosexual couples. The law took effect on October 1, 2009.

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