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Support for gay marriage reaches record high 56% in California

Support for gay marriage reaches record high 56% in California

A new poll shows that 56% of Californians now favor gay marriage – the highest level of support ever shown in the state where voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008.

The latest poll numbers, released this week by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, are almost a complete reversal of a 2000 poll when 55% of respondents were against gay marriage.

Since then, support has steadily climbed reaching 50% in March 2010 and 53% in January.

The latest poll comes after the states of Minnesota, Delaware and Rhode Island have legalized gay marriage in recent months bringing the total of US states where gay marriage to 12 plus the District of Columbia.

‘The more that there’s been acceptable and legal change in other states, the more Californians have been accepting, especially among some of those groups that were strongly opposed,’ Public Policy Institute of California President Mark Baldassare tells Bloomberg News.

The telephone survey was conducted 14-20 May among 1,704 adults.

Its results are an indication that the state will be ready to be accepting should same-sex marriages resume this year.

The US Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the measure passed by voters in 2008 that banned gay marriage in the state.

Still, there are more than 18,000 same-sex couples who got married in the state during a five-month window between a ruling by the California Supreme Court that gay marriages were legal and the passage of Proposition 8.