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Poll: Support for gay marriage in Va. still 50 percent, no change in past year

Monday, March 31, 2014
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Support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia has stands at 50 percent just a little more than a month after a federal judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Virginia-FlagThe Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, finds that with strong support among women, 50 percent of Virginia voters favor allowing marriage equality for same-sex couples, compared to 42 percent against.

Support is 54 – 38 percent among women, while men are divided with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Among Democrats, 69 percent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage, and 22 percent said they were opposed. Among Republicans, opposition was 70 percent.

Voters under 30 years old support it 69 – 25 percent, with support at 50 percent or higher among voters 30 to 64 years old. Voters over 65 are opposed 56 – 35 percent.

The data is largely unchanged from a Quinnipiac poll from July 2013.

Virginia’s voter-approved ban on gay marriages was overturned by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen last month. Wright Allen issued a stay of her order until the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit of Appeals rules on the case, meaning that gay couples are still not able to wed in Virginia.

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