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Poll: Utah residents equally split on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Steve C. Wilson, APSupporters of gay marriage fill the rotunda as they gathered to rally at the Utah State Capitol Friday Jan. 10, 2014.

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Marriage equality supporters fill the rotunda as they gathered to rally at the Utah State Capitol Friday Jan. 10, 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses — 48 percent in favor, and 48 percent opposed, according to a new poll for The Salt Lake Tribune.

The poll finds that Utahns’ views on same-sex couples’ relationships have dramatically shifted in the decade since voters amended the state’s constitution to prohibit them from receiving any legal recognition.

Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of respondents said same-sex couples should be allowed to at least form civil unions or domestic partnerships in lieu of marriage.

Support for same-sex marriage was strongest among non-Mormons, people between ages 18 and 34 and those who described themselves as Democrats, reported The Tribune.

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Slightly more than a third of respondents (36 percent) said their views on same-sex marriage have shifted over time, something that was equally true of Mormons and non-Mormons. Overwhelmingly, people in both of those demographic categories said their views had become more accepting.

Amendment 3, Utah’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, was approved in 2004 by 66 percent of voters. The measure also barred any state recognition of other relationships such as civil unions or domestic partnerships.

On December 20, 2013, a federal judge ruled the ban unconstitutional, opening the door to same-sex marriage in Utah. The U.S. Supreme court stayed the order on Jan. 6, pending an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

More than 1,000 gay couples obtained marriage licenses in Utah in the 17 days when same-sex marriage was legal.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. WOW

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:59pm
  2. Wow omg

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:02am
  3. I’m not sure where people are voting….Cause my wife and I would most definitely agree with equality!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:06am
  4. Maybe straight people shouldnot be allowed by the state to divorce?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:15am
  5. I just feel homophobic goverments should be removed by gay people organizing ongoing protest till they pass equal rights and justice.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:16am
  6. Why the fuck are these naysayers against marriage equality spending time on this?!?! They are NOT rational enough to understand that the rights of those who want to marry their same sex partners are not THEIR right to vote on. This is just disgusting.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:17am
  7. its wrong.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:33am
  8. i dont think it should be up for a vote,thats what the constitution protects against,people desearve equal rights as well as responsibilities,work and taxes are just a start,but its a very good start.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:24am
  9. You don't get to vote on civil rights---Look up the 14th Amendment.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:29am
  10. Tell that to religious nuts and republicans. LOL

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:54am
  11. Bigotry is finally ending in America! Even in the bigoted state of Utah half the people support Equality Before the Law, for All people !!! Non-Radical Christians believe that no special laws should be made in this country that specifically targets a discriminated group of people and treating them as 2nd class citizens! There are no 2nd class citizens in America! Equality Before the Law for All Americans!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:28am
  12. Agree with Brian: Civil Rights should not be up for a popular vote.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:30am
  13. Long before Barrack Obama entered politics, long before anti-semitism and antiliberalism had become battle cries for the Religious Right and Tea-Party followers and the Patriots etc, the American Government’s experiment in democracy and social tolerance was steadily undermined by distrust, injustice, and violence. One is almost tempted to say that the President of the United States, the Supreme Court as well as Congress itself did not bring America down; they merely saved it from suicide, by murdering it themselves. It was bankrupt long before the Christian Right appointed themselves as America’s savior against children, adults and eldely who demand as GLBT, equality under the laws of this country.” NOW read and be educated what the Nazis did to GLBT in Richard Plant’s book The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War against homosexuals.

    And tell me that the amended quote from page 23, isn’t just EXACTLY what the Christian Right wants to do to GLBT. They want to annihilate GLBT, by genetics, incarcerations, criminalizing us, and maiming/murdering us. GENOCIDE!! This is their God’s Love? No this is their agenda! They can’t do it here in America (yet) but they have exported their Fear and Hate to Russia, to Nigeria etc.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:36am
  14. well the ones who are against same sex marriage are a-holes…. it cost no one anything for two people of any race or sex to be married.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:04am
  15. The rights of a minority should never be up for a vote. If desegregation had been put to a public vote it would’ve taken decades to break that down in the deep south. Equality for all people, and the haters can bite it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:34am
  16. Equiality for all!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:13am
  17. For those opposed, 48 percent of you can go to Russia 48 percent can go to Nigeria and the rest of you can go to hell. Muahahaha!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:49am
  18. Lmao. Ironic that it’s equally spilt, is it not?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:03am
  19. Josh, consider yourself lucky that you dont need to ask the government for permission to live your life freely. That whole freedom thing we have? You just look like an overpriveleged bitch right now with your “look im pushing my life on you” when you’re standing there in the crowd crying over a problem thats not even yours. When somebody tells you ‘no you cant marry the person of your choice no matter how much you love them or what you believe in’ then you can talk, but until then, save your breath because you’re being a fucking crybaby. If you want a country ruled by religion, go to Iraq.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:56am
  20. I don’t think this is a voting issue, it’s a legal issue but just knowing that it’s 50/50 is nice to know!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:04am
  21. Lol coming from this state, I think the GLBT is OK without there blessings. Really Utah, really??!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:40am
  22. whos asking them

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:10pm
  23. Oh the LDS Church will be pissed.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:24pm
  24. well get on with the TIMES 2014

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:32pm
  25. Crap.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:00pm
  26. Love will win out!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:48pm
  27. When do they vote on whether or not Mormons can marry?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:05pm