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Poll Finds Californians Remain Split on Same-Sex Marriage Amendment

A poll released this week found that registered voters in California remain sharply divided on a constitutional amendment that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. According to the Associated Press, the poll found that 47 percent favor keeping the ban imposed by Proposition 8 in place, 48 percent support repealing the ban, and 5 percent of the 761 respondents were undecided.

The California state Supreme Court appears unlikely to overturn Proposition 8 after hearing oral arguments in the case to overturn the measure. The proposition, which passed 52 percent to 48 percent, overturned a May 2008 ruling of the state Supreme Court that legalized same sex marriage.

Last year’s ruling found that legally prohibiting same sex marriage violates the California state constitution, which the ruling said “guarantees same-sex couples the same substantive constitutional rights as opposite-sex couples to choose one’s life partner and enter with that person into a committed, officially recognized, and protected family relationship,” according to Reuters.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 points and was conducted among registered voters over the telephone between February 20th and March 1st.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 5/15/08, 11/6/08, 3/6/09; Reuters 5/15/08; Associated Press 3/10/09

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