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(01/24/07) -

Half of Americans Back Same-Sex Marriage Ban

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A majority of adults in the United States would forbid same-sex partners from entering wedlock, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs released by the Associated Press. 51 per cent of respondents would favour a law that would ban gay marriage.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A majority of adults in the United States would forbid same-sex partners from entering wedlock, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs released by the Associated Press. 51 per cent of respondents would favour a law that would ban gay marriage.

In 2004, marriage certificates were issued to same-sex couples by local governments in the states of California, Oregon, New Mexico and New York. In May 2004, the state of Massachusetts allowed gay and lesbian partners to apply for marriage licenses, the first state-sanctioned homosexual weddings in the U.S.

Civil union and domestic partnership laws in Vermont, Connecticut and California grant same-sex couples all state-level rights and obligations of marriage—in areas such as inheritance, income tax, insurance and hospital visitation. Other forms of domestic partnership exist in the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Maine. There are more than 1,000 federal-level rights of marriage that cannot be granted by states.

In October 2006, New Jersey’s Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to grant the same rights and benefits of heterosexual couples to homosexual partnerships, but stopped short of defining these unions as marriages. The bill is scheduled to take effect on Feb. 19.

On Jan. 3, former North Carolina senator John Edwards—a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2008—discussed his views on the issue, declaring, “It’s easy for me to say, civil unions, yes, partnership benefits, yes.” On same-sex marriage, he said, “I’m just not there yet.”

Polling Data

Would you favour or oppose a law that would ban gay marriage, requiring that marriage should be between a man and a woman?

Favour

51%

Oppose

45%

Refused / Not sure

4%

Source: Ipsos-Public Affairs / Associated Press
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,005 American adults, conducted from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2007. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.