Poll shows major shift in support for marriage equality

Democrat support for marriage equality on the riseBY MARK BLUMENTHAL
Huffington Post Gay Voices

The likely inclusion of a plank supporting marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform reflects a significant shift in opinion among Democratic voters over the last 8 years, according to a new national poll.

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted June 28 to July 9, finds that nearly two-thirds of Democrats nationwide (65 percent) favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while just 29 percent are opposed. That finding marks a reversal from just eight years ago, when just 40 percent of Democrats approved of gay marriage and 50 percent opposed it.

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