June 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
56 percent of Americans back court ruling for gay nuptials: poll

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56 percent of Americans would back a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex nuptials. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Ahead of an expected decision from the U.S. Supreme Court this month on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, a new poll has found 56 percent of American voters would back a decision overturning state prohibitions on same-sex marriage.

A poll, made public by Quinnipiac University on Monday, found that American voters say 56-38 percent they would support a U.S. Supreme Court decision affording marriage rights to same-sex couples across the nation.

The same poll found voters more generally support same-sex marriage by a nearly identical margin of 56-36. That support for same-sex marriage is a few points shy other polls demonstrating support for gay nuptials amid the American public is at 60 percent or higher.

Backing a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage are Democrats by a 70-24 percent margin, independent voters by a 61-34 percent margin, men by a 55-41 percent margin and women by 57-35 percent margin, according to the poll.

The only group identified in the poll in which a majority were opposed to a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage was Republicans. According to the data, Republicans are opposed 62-34 to such a decision.

According to the poll, voters also oppose by a 53-40 percent allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriage and support 57–36 percent margin requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Democrats, independent voters, men and women back same-sex marriage in these questions, with Republicans opposed, the poll found.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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