CNN poll: 63 percent of Americans say same-sex couples have a right to marry

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Sixty-three percent of Americans say that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized by the law as valid, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday.

That’s up from 49 percent in August 2010. Over that time, the share who see marriage as a constitutional right has climbed 15 points among Republicans to 42 percent, and 19 points among Democrats to 75 percent.

The CNN/ORC International poll was conducted by telephone February 12-15, 2015, including interviews with 1,027 adult Americans.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 17 that it would decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in the U.S. under the Constitution. The high court will hear arguments in April and a decision is expected by late June.

Additional poll results are here.

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