Delaware poll finds majority of voters support marriage equality for gays


WILMINGTON, Del. — A new poll released Monday shows that a strong majority of Delaware voters want the state’s General Assmebly to pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage.

The poll, commissioned by Equality Delaware, found that voters support marriage equality by a 17-point margin, with 54 percent of voters in favor of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, compare to 37 percent opposed.

Additionally, 80 percent of respondents said legalizing same-sex marriage would have no effect on their own lives or marriage.

“This poll shows that Delawareans, like a majority of Americans, believe in marriage equality,” said Lisa Goodman, Board President of Equality Delaware.

“As we have seen from the recent passage of marriage bills through the house in Rhode Island and the senate in Illinois, other
states are moving to marriage. A majority of Delawareans now look forward to Delaware also becoming a state where every loving couple has the unique protections and recognition that only marriage can provide.”

In 2011, Delaware passed legsliation legalizing same-sex civil unions; the law took effect January 1, 2012.

Last year, Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, said he thought that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Delaware was “inevitable” and would be passed “probably within the next few years.

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