Poll: Fight Over Ban On Gay Marriage Is Tight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The fight over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota is in a statistical dead heat, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll published Sunday.

The Star Tribune reported that 48 percent of likely Minnesota voters support the amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman, while 47 percent of Minnesotans oppose the change. Fifty percent is needed to change the state constitution.

Of those who support the amendment, 70 percent say religious leaders played a role in their decision, while 26 percent say faith leaders had little or no impact. Among amendment opponents, 27 percent said a faith leader played a significant role.

The poll showed that people who have a friend or family member who is gay or lesbian are more likely to oppose the amendment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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