According to a statewide poll released on Monday, a majority of Delaware voters support gay marriage.

The survey, commissioned by Equality Delaware and conducted by Global Strategies Group, found that 54 percent of respondents favor making Delaware the 10th state to legalize such unions, while 37 percent remain opposed.

“This poll is the latest indication that a decisive majority of voters in Delaware believe in treating all loving couples and their families equally under the law,” Mark Purpura, president of Equality Delaware Foundation, said in a statement announcing the results.

Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware, added: “This poll shows that Delawareans, like a majority of Americans, believe in marriage equality. As we have seen from the recent passage of marriage bills through the House in Rhode Island and the Senate in Illinois, other states are moving to marriage. A majority of Delawareans now look forward to Delaware also becoming a state where every loving couple has the unique protections and recognition that only marriage can provide.”

Delaware currently recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

Lawmakers are expected to consider a marriage bill this legislative session.