A majority of Americans approve of two
Supreme Court rulings related to gay marriage.
Last week's decisions opened the door
for same-sex marriages to resume in California and struck down a law
that prohibited federal benefits for legally married gay couples.
According to a Washington
News poll of 1,005 adults released Wednesday, 56 percent of
respondents approve of the ruling “providing legal married same-sex
couples with the same federal benefits given to other married
couples,” while 41 percent do not approve.
A smaller majority, 51 percent, approve
of the court's action in the case involving Proposition 8,
California's now ended marriage ban. Forty-five percent disapprove.
In that case, the high court dismissed
an appeal by interveners to a lower court's decision which found
Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. The justices said proponents
did not have legal standing to challenge the order.