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Poll Suggests Support for Gay Marriage in Michigan May Be Waning

The director of a poll conducted exclusively for two Detroit news organizations says it’s too early to tell if the mood of likely voters has changed.

Have your attitudes about same-sex marriage changed? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments. (Patch file photo)
Have your attitudes about same-sex marriage changed? Take our poll and tell us what you think in the comments. (Patch file photo)

Support for same-sex marriage may be waning in Michigan, a new poll suggests.

The poll, conducted exclusively for the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, showed that 47 percent of likely voters would support same-sex marriage if an election were held today and 46 percent would oppose it. Seven percent declined were either undecided or refused to disclose how they’d vote.

However, Bernie Porn, president of the polling group, said the results may be a one-time fluke. A year ago, the same poll suggested that 51 percent of Michiganders supported same-sex marriage and 41 percent opposed it.

Porn said it’s too early to tell if the mood of likely voters has changed, or if the findings are the result of intense media attention given the issue after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and the state’s subsequent appeal.

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  • If an election were held today, would you vote for or against same-sex marriage? Take our poll and explain your vote in the comments.

joe May 30, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Let's see if I get censored again.... What about polygamy? Whether or not it is popular, maybe we should legalize that too? Maybe incest? It is repulsive, but maybe we are just not being "tolerant"?
Mr Rogers May 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM
This gay marriage stuff is just a scheme to get more benefits from the government and the insurance companies. It's not natural, and most people are not comfortable with idea of men practicing sodomy, let alone the religious ramifications. People who support this ought to do a little research on the history of marriage in civilized society and learn why things are the way they are.
Cpt Dano June 02, 2014 at 12:32 PM
I would not support it being called marriage. Civil union yes, marriage no.
Jay Charles June 02, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Federal judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania have added to those that have struck down laws banning gay marriage. First, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled that Oregon’s same-sex marriage laws “discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest”. Then, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones – who had been appointed by George W. Bush and endorsed by Dale's hero, then-Sen. Rick Santorum – struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage.
Jay Charles June 07, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Yesterday, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that state's ban against same sex marriages unconstitutional. I believe that makes the 15th Federal Court to rule in favor of gay marriage and none against.

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