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New poll shows 51% of Washington voters now favor gay marriage

Voters to decide this fall whether to uphold gay marriage in the state

According to a new poll, there is a strong chance voters in Washington will  uphold the gay marriage law signed into law in the state earlier this year.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,073 Washington voters June 14 - 17 and found that 51 percent were in favor of marriage equality, 41 percent against and 7 percent undecided.

This shows an increase in support since the last poll in February when the results were 49 percent in favor, 44 percent against. A year ago, the numbers were at 46 percent in favor, 44 percent against.

The November vote will take place just nine months after gay marriage was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoir. She had introduced the bill a month earlier and it was passed by both houses of the state legislature.

Marriage equality votes will be taking place in four US states in November including Maryland, Minnesota and Maine.

'A majority of Washington voters now support gay marriage,' said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. 'Equality advocates are in position now to go 4 for 4 this fall, winning Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine in addition to Washington.'

While Republicans have remained steady in their level of opposition to gay marriage, Democrats and independents have both increased their support in the past year.

Democrats have gone from 76 percent to 82 percent support while Independents have gone from 41 percent to 53 percent support.

Overall, 77 percent of Washington voters support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples compared to only 21 percent who are completely opposed. Even 56 percent of Republicans favor some kind of legal recognition for same-sex couples.

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