A majority of Hispanic-Americans say they support marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

According to a Pew Research Center telephone survey of 1,765 Latinos across the country conducted from September 4 to October 7, a majority (52%) support marriage equality. Thirty-four percent said they were opposed.

The group has conducted a major turnaround in the last six years.

In 2006, Pew found 56 percent against gay nuptials and 31 percent in favor. That's a 19 percentage point increase in six years.

Support among Catholic Latinos was higher – 54 percent. Latino evangelicals, however, remain strongly opposed to such unions, 66-to-25 percent.

Pollsters also found strong support for President Barack Obama among Latinos. Registered Hispanic voters support Obama over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, by a 3-to-1 ratio. The highest percentage of support for Romney is found among Latino evangelicals at 39 percent.

An NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby poll released earlier this month found sixty percent of Latinos in support of marriage equality.

Hispanic groups such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC), and the National Puerto Rican Coalition have endorsed gay marriage.