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Poll Finds Dramatic Shift On Gay Marriage

Posted at: 04/27/2013 8:35 AM
Updated at: 04/27/2013 8:42 AM
By: Tom Hauser, KSTP-TV

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Votes to legalize gay marriage are likely to happen in the Minnesota House and Senate next month.  With those votes looming, the latest KSTP-TV/SurveyUSA poll shows for the first time a majority of Minnesotans favor changing the law that bans same-sex marriage.  

In the poll, 500 people across the state were asked if "the Minnesota state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"  

The poll indicates that 51 percent of Minnesotans favor the idea while 47 percent are opposed to changing the law. Only two percent aren't sure.  Just over two months ago, in early February, only 42 percent of Minnesotans favored changing the law and 54 percent were opposed.  

Despite those poll numbers, the legislative votes are expected to be very close.  

Democrats control the House and Senate, but many of their members represent socially conservative districts where voters favored a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage last fall.