Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rhode Island - Poll: Public support for same-sex marriage grows - Maria Armental - Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A poll on same-sex marriage released Wednesday shows that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is growing while opposition is decreasing.

“It shows, for the first time, a convincing majority of Rhode Island voters supporting equality,” said David Walker, vice president of Greenberg Quinlan and Rosner Research, a Democratic polling firm based in Washington, D.C., that conducted the poll in July…

…When pollsters clarified the question pertained to civil marriages and that church and state would remain separate, 66 percent said they would favor legalizing same-sex marriage, with 28 percent saying they opposed it. Among those who identified themselves as Catholics, 63 percent said they would favor it, 32 percent said they oppose it. “Rhode Islanders are ready to include loving, committed same-sex couples in civil marriage and gain the dignity and respect that marriage brings, along with all the legal rights and protections,” said Kathy J. Kushnir, executive director of Marriage Equality Rhode Island.

The bill has stalled every year since former Rep. Michael Pisaturo, D-Cranston, introduced the first same-sex marriage proposal in 1997.
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