A majority of voters in Pennsylvania support the legalization of gay marriage.

According to the Franklin and Marshall Poll released Thursday, 52 percent of Pennsylvania voters support marriage equality, while 41 percent remain opposed.

Thirty-six percent said they favor such unions “strongly,” and 16 percent said they “somewhat” favor it. Seven percent are “somewhat” opposed, and 34 percent “strongly” oppose it.

Support has increased 19 percent since 2006, the last time the Franklin and Marshall Poll asked the question. Opposition has also decreased 19 percent. Those who say they “strongly” oppose it has dropped from 50 to 34 percent.

It is the first poll to find majority support for gay nuptials in Pennsylvania.

A Quinnipiac poll released last week showed a plurality of voters in favor of marriage equality 47 to 43 percent.

The results come as state lawmakers prepare to debate whether to approve a constitutional amendment which seeks to limit marriage in the state to heterosexual couples.

(Related: Pennsylvania's Daryl Metcalfe to reintroduce gay marriage ban.)