Minnesotans are nearly evenly split on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state.

According to a statewide Star Tribune Minnesota Poll of 807 adults conducted between November 2-3, 48 percent of respondents said they favor the amendment,while 43 percent oppose it. The survey's plus or minus 4.4 percentage point margin of error leaves the state nearly evenly divided on the issue.

Voters will decide on the amendment next November.

The poll shows stronger support for the amendment among men, older voters, Republicans, voters with no college education and people who live outside metropolitan areas.

“I don't really care what people do in their private lives,” George Weld, a 62-year-old communications consultant, told the paper. But he added that marriage was designed to protect the children of heterosexual couples.

“I believe that that is what this thing called marriage is. How do we protect society with two same-sex people?” he asked.

Christina Edstrom said she viewed the issue as one of civil rights.

“I believe that everyone deserves to be treated equally and everyone deserve to marry who they love,” the 28-year-old mental health professional said. “I like to think of Minnesota as being more open-minded.”