MSU Poll Shows Support for Gay Marriage in Michigan Remains Strong

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Michigan State University's State of the State Survey shows that support for gay marriage in Michigan is strong.

The survey was completed February 10, 2014, and found that 54% of Michigan residents support gay marriage while 36% oppose it. The results from this most recent survey are similar to the State of the State Survey findings from 2012, when gay marriage was supported by 55 percent and opposed by 39 percent.

The results show a sharp increase from the 2010 survey when gay marriage was opposed by 51% and favored by 48%.

“Support for gay marriage has increased in the last 20 years, in Michigan and across the country,” said Charles Ballard, MSU economics professor and director of the survey. “In Michigan, it appears that the period between 2010 and 2012 was the critical time when public opinion shifted most dramatically in favor of gay marriage. Since the results in 2012 and 2014 are fairly similar, these results suggest that the increase in support for gay marriage is a long-term phenomenon and not just a temporary one.”

The 2014 State of the State Survey included a question for the first time about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt children. Almost 59% said they favored it, while 33% opposed gay adoption.

Michigan adopted a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. A Michigan couple is challenging that ban in federal court. One of the plaintiffs has two adopted children, while the other has one adopted child. Since unmarried couples cannot adopt children, if one parent were to die, the other would not have legal right to the other’s child.

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