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Second Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Support Marriage Equality

Anti-gay organizations can really no longer claim that the majority of Americans are on their bigoted side. On the heels of a major poll finding most religious Americans in support of same-sex marriage comes a new survey from the New York Times/CBS which reveals that a whopping 56 percent of voters want marriage equality in the U.S.

Compared to the growing number of support, only 39 percent said that marriage rights should not be provided to same-sex couples. Other questions from the NYT/CBS poll show that a majority (64 percent) believe marriage equality should be left to the states while 53 percent of respondents say they would not vote for a political candidate who feels differently about them on the issue. 

Last week's landmark poll from the Public Religion Research Institute revealed that "nearly three-quarters of religiously unaffiliated Americans (73 percent) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, as do majorities of Jewish Americans (83 percent), white mainline Protestants (62 percent), white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent), according to a poll whose results were released Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C. However, 59% of black Protestants and 69% of white evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage."