Majority of Colorado voters favor civil unions for same-sex couples

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Monday, December 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | More from The Colorado Independent

According to a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling, Colorado voters narrowly favor making same-sex marriage legal and favor legalizing civil unions by a more than 3-1 margin.

“Colorado is the first ‘purple’ state where we’ve found a plurality of voters in support of gay marriage,” said Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen. “47% of voters think it should be legal to only 43% who believe it should be illegal. For the most part PPP’s state by state gay marriage polling has only found deep blue states in favor of it.”

When you expand the discussion to civil unions, 76 percent of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23 percent who think there shouldn’t be any at all. Even among Republicans, 60 percent support either gay marriage or civil unions, the poll revealed.

Previous polling in Colorado has also shown support for marriage equality.

Colorado’s legislature debated a civil unions bill earlier this year, and while there was evidence the bill would have passed if allowed to come to a full vote in the GOP-controlled House, the bill was assigned to a committee dominated by conservative Republicans and never made it to the floor for a vote.

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