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Indiana Voters Don’t Support Gay-Marriage Ban: Poll

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Support for a ban on same-sex marriage has dipped below 50 percent in a state that typifies the nation's heartland. A survey conducted by the Indianapolis Star newspaper and WTHR, a local television station.

The poll, which was based on 600 respondents, found that the number of Hoosiers who want to see a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages at only 49 percent. That number represents a drop of 7 percent from a similar poll taken a few years ago. The state's Legislature has taken up such a ban, but it wasn't voted into law; however, the lawmakers are expected to take it up again next year.

The head of the state's major gay -rights group, Indiana Equality, greeted the new poll with satisfaction, saying that it showed "the tide is turning." The counterpart at Advance America a conservative group forwarding the amendment, countered that the state's voters still favored such a measure.

Indiana joins 43 other states in already banning gay marriage. But 30 states have a constitutional amendment on the books. Supporters of gay marriage believe that the state's voters are more concerned with bread-and-butter issues like property taxes, education, crime and job retention to worry about this issue.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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