Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Minnesotans don't support same sex "marriage", especially outstate Minnesotans according to Star Tribune Poll.

Here's a shocker, a Star Tribune poll found that 53% support the current one man, one woman marriage law while only 38% want it changed to recognize same sex couples.  An overwhelming 73% of outstate Minnesotans like marriage just the way it is.  A big proponent of gay "marriage", the Star Tribune usually produces polls which mirrors it's views on the issue.  It's surprising seeing them produce one which doesn't.
A majority of Minnesotans oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.

Fifty-three percent of Minnesotans say the state statute banning same-sex unions should stand. Only 38 percent say legislators should overturn the law this year, while 9 percent are undecided.

The new poll offers a fresh snapshot of an issue that has deeply divided the state. It was just five months ago that Minnesotans rejected a proposal to put the ban into the state’s Constitution. Legislators now are considering bills that would make gay marriage legal.

House Speaker Paul Thissen said he found the poll results surprising, with stronger opposition than has been seen in other samplings.

“There have been a number of polls on the issue. The trend in general is moving toward acceptance of marriage equality,” said Thissen, a Minneapolis DFLer. “There will certainly be more conversation on this. Our members are talking to their constituents, which is more important than any poll.”

The poll of 800 Minnesotans, taken Feb. 25-27, shows that resistance is strongest in outstate Minnesota. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Outstate, 73 percent respondents oppose allowing gay couples to legally wed in Minnesota, with only 27 percent favoring such unions or undecided.
That 73 percent should give out state legislators pause if they were thinking of voting to redefine marriage.

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