Poll: Majority of Utahns say gay marriage will have no impact on their own lives


A new poll finds that while Utahns remain split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a strong majority of respondents say that even if gay couples are allowed to marry, it would have no impact on their own marriage and family.

UtahThe statewide poll found that a plurality of Utahns – 49 percent in favor versus 48 percent opposed – agree that same sex-couples should be able to share in the freedom to marry and receive a civil marriage license in Utah.

The poll also found that a large majority – 67 perent – of Utah voters want the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a marriage case and bring the country to national resolution on whether same-sex couples can marry.

Moreover, it found that 61 percent of Utahns believe that marriage for same-sex couples in Utah is inevitable and will happen in the next five years. Significantly, the poll also shows that 94 percent believe that same-sex couples being able to marry will not impact their own marriage, 84 percent saying it won’t impact their family, and 65 percent saying it won’t adversely impact the state.

The poll, conducted by Benenson Strategy Group and commissioned by marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry — was conducted last week and surveyed 500 adults across the state.

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“This poll shows that the people of Utah, like Americans all across the country, already support or are ready to live with the freedom to marry,” said Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson. “Utahns, like Americans generally, believe the Supreme Court should act now and will rule in favor.”

“Indeed, when the freedom to marry has come to states like Utah, there has been little or no real opposition or concern – even those who are less than keen know it’s coming and doesn’t affect their lives, their families, their marriages, or their community,” added Wolfson.

“The ‘dog that didn’t bark’ is further proof that America is ready for the freedom to marry and that it’s time for the Court to bring the country to national resolution,” he said.

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