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Empire State voters in favor of same-sex marriage

Great news, as New York State’s highest court will hear a legal challenge to the prohibition of gay marriage next month. Via

The majority of people across New York State support same-sex marriage according to a new poll released Monday.

The survey shows that 53 percent of prospective voters support marriage equality for gays and lesbians, while 38 percent do not. The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group in March for Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.

It is the third Global Strategy poll for Pride Agenda and shows as New Yorkers continue to become aware of gay and lesbian families support for same-sex marriage grows. An identical poll in 2004 found 47 percent in favor of marriage equality with 46 percent against.

…The New York survey also found that nearly 60 percent of those questioned believe out-of-state same-sex marriages should be recognized and that politicians supporting gay marriage would likely not face opposition when they come up for re-election.

“New Yorkers have been thinking through this issue for three years now,” said Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle. “They’ve seen our families; they know we’re in loving, committed relationships and that many of us are raising children. They’ve heard how our families are harmed by the discriminatory denial of marriage and they’re moving to support us.”

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