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Delaware poll shows support for marriage equality

A local Delaware foundation released a report, Monday, that shows more than half of voters polled are in support of marriage equality.

According to the foundation, Equality Delaware, a statewide poll suggests 54 percent of voters would support marriage legislation for same-sex couples, if passed by the General Assembly. The poll shows 37 percent would not be in favor of such a bill.

“This poll is the latest indication that a decisive majority of voters in Delaware believe in treating all loving couples and their families equally under law,” said Mark Purpura, President of Equality Delaware Foundation.

Some of the key findings in the February poll where 603 voters participated via telephone, concluded that eight out of 10 voters do not believe allowing gay or lesbian couples to marry would negatively impact their lives.

Also, the poll showed nearly three-quarters of those questioned would support a legislator if he/she voted to legalize same-sex marriage, while 27 percent are less likely to vote for a legislator who goes that route.

“As we have seen from the recent passage of marriage bills through the house in Rhode Island and the senate in Illinois, other states are moving to marriage. A majority of Delawareans now look forward to Delaware also becoming a state where every loving couple has the unique protections and recognitions that only marriage can provide,” added Lisa Goodman, who’s also a part of Equality Delaware.

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