Poll: Majority of New Yorkers don’t want marriage equality overturned

Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov were among the first New York City couples to marry on July 24. AFP

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Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov were among the first New York City gay couples to marry on July 24.

Just weeks after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York state, a new poll suggests growing support for marriage equality in the Empire state, and more than six in ten do not want the legislation to be overturned.

According to a NY1/YNN-Marist poll released Wednesday, about 55 percent of voters favor same-sex marriage in the Empire State, while 37 percent are against it.

And while opponents filed a lawsuit in late July to overturn the new law, about six in 10 voters statewide said they want to keep same-sex marriage legal.

When looking at political party affiliation, 72 percent of Democratic voters believe the law should stay in place, while Republicans are divided between 48 percent of those who want it overturned and 47 percent who think it should remain in effect.

The poll reveals age differences, as well. About 62 percent of those under the age of 45 support the law, compared to about half of New Yorkers older than 45 who said they support it.

Among those surveyed, 79 percent said they do not expect to attend a same-sex marriage in the next year, but 70 percent of respondents say they would go, if invited.

And as for state lawmakers who supported gay marriage, the poll found 44 percent of voters said they are more likely to support a state senator who voted to pass the Marriage Equality Act, while 30 percent are less likely.

Among registered Democrats, 55 percent are more likely and 21 percent less likely to support state senators who voted for the bill.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a so-called christian family values group, has filed a legal challenge seeking to overturn the state’s marriage equality law.

And the rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has launched a $2 million retaliation campaign against four GOP state senators who voted in favor of the law — part of a larger, far-fetched, four-year strategy aimed at putting gay marriage on the ballot in 2015.

The complete poll results are here.

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