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Poll finds majority of Wisconsin residents support marriage equality

Poll finds majority of Wisconsin residents support marriage equality

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — While a federal judge considers a challenge to Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds a majority of the state’s residents support marriage equality.

According to the Marquette University poll, 55 percent of respondents favor legalizing same-sex marriage.

In the first question on the topic, the poll gave respondents three options to choose from regarding same-sex partnerships: marriage, civil unions, or no legal recognition whatsoever. For that question, 49 percent chose marriage, 25 percent civil unions and 18 percent no recognition.

But later in the survey, pollsters modified the question and asked respondents simply, did they support same-sex marriage: 55 percent said yes, and 37 percent said no.

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Of those originally favoring civil unions on the three-part question, 26 percent shift to supporting marriage on the two-option question.

Wisconsin is one of 30 states where marriage bans are being challenged in the courts.

Last week, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to place on hold any future order she may make in a lawsuit filed in February by the ACLU challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Crabb put the case on an expedited schedule and indicates she hopes to rule on the merits of the case quickly. (More on that case is here.)

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