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Poll: 49 Percent of Utahans Support Marriage Equality

PHOTO: Almost half of Utahns support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according a new survey. Photo courtesy of Freedom To Marry.
PHOTO: Almost half of Utahns support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according a new survey. Photo courtesy of Freedom To Marry.
October 1, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - Forty-nine percent of people in Utah support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according to a new poll.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said the bipartisan poll also found that 67 percent of Utahns want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage, one way or another. He said it appears that Utah, like much of the United States, has slowly turned toward supporting marriage equality.

"What I think we're seeing is that, even in the reddest of red states - a state like Utah - that movement is there," he said. "People are opening their hearts and changing their minds."

Wolfson said the survey also found nine out of 10 Utahns believe that same-sex marriage will not affect their own marriages, and 65 percent of those surveyed say marriage equality won't adversely impact the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to hear a case that could ultimately legalize same-sex marriage, in Utah and nationwide. Wolfson said the high court would consider whether Utah's law banning same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of those involved.

"If the court takes one of these cases and rules, as we hope they will, it will say that this denial of constitutional guarantees, including the freedom to marry and equal protection under the law, must stop," he said. "And that would apply nationwide."

Late last year, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby overturned Utah's Amendment 3, which had amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court then granted a temporary injunction stopping same-sex marriages while the state of Utah continued its efforts to overturn Shelby's ruling. About 1,300 couples tied the knot during the time period when marriage equality was legal in Utah.

The poll is online at freemarry.3cdn.net.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT