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Louisiana poll: Slight increase in support for gay marriage, big drop in opposition

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A new poll finds that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana has increased slightly over the past year, however a plurality of voters still oppose marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

The 2014 Louisiana Survey, conducted by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, found that 42 percent of respondents supported legalizing same-sex marriage, compared to 39 percent a year earlier.

While support increased increased on slightly, opposition dropped from 56 percent in 2013 to 47 percent in 2014.

And for the first time, more respondents said they believed gay couples should be able to enter into civil unions than didn’t — 47 percent were opposed.

Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by 78 percent of voters in September 2004.

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