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Pa. Divided on Same Sex Marriage

A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters support same-sex marriage by a small margin.

Pa. Divided on Same Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is still a topic being debated in Pennsylvania.

More voters (47 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (43 percent), according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, but the margin is still small.

The numbers were even closer among men polled, with 44 percent supporting and 46 opposing same-sex marriage. Women were less split with 50 percent supporting same-sex unions and 40 percent opposing them.

When the voters polled were split by religion, 50 percent of white Catholics support same-sex unions with 40 percent oppose them. White Protestants were less accepting with 31 percent in support of same-sex unions and 60 percent opposing them.

Of the Republicans polled, 23 percent support it, while 67 percent oppose them, which is almost flipped by the Democrats polled; 65 percent support same-sex unions and 27 percent oppose them.

Younger voters polled with more education and higher incomes were more likely to be in support of same-sex marriage than their counterparts.

“We can see from the results of this poll that Pennsylvanians are growing more and more supportive of marriage equality, especially in the younger age bracket,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a news release. “While these results are heartening, our work is far from over. We must work together to encourage further progress and to make marriage equality legal in our Commonwealth.”

Leach has introduced a marriage equality bill during the last three consecutive legislative sessions. He noted that he plans to reintroduce the bill this year.

Click here and scroll down to question 12 for the full findings of the poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,221 registered voters between January 22 and 27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent

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