Fifty percent of Virginia voters
support gay marriage.
According to a poll released Thursday
by the independent Quinnipiac
(KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, 50 percent of voters in Virginia
approve of gay nuptials, while 43 remain opposed.
A majority of Democrats (66-28%) and
independents (52-39%) support marriage equality. Republicans, on the
hand, remain opposed 68-26 percent.
While a majority of white voters are in
support (51-43%), black voters are opposed 48-42 percent.
According to a
survey released earlier this month by the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC) and conducted by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan
Rosner and the Republican firm Target Point Consulting, 55 percent of
Virginians support gay nuptials, while 41 percent remain opposed.
HRC's poll found support was highest
(68%) in Northern Virginia, which borders the District of Columbia, a
2009 entry in the marriage equality column.
In 2006, voters overwhelmingly (57-43%)
approved a constitutional amendment which prohibits the state from
recognizing any union other than a heterosexual marriage.
Thursday's poll comes less than a week
after the ACLU and Lambda Legal announced plans to file a lawsuit
challenging the constitutionality of the amendment.
marriage advocates file suits in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North