Nearly two-thirds of Indiana voters say they oppose addressing gay marriage by amending the Indiana Constitution.

According to a statewide survey of 800 registered voters commissioned by Freedom Indiana and conducted by Bellwether Research, 64 percent of Hoosiers said amending the constitution is not the right way to deal with the issue of marriage equality. Thirty-six percent said it was the right decision.

β€œThe message from these results is clear: Hoosiers overwhelmingly support some legal recognition for same-sex couples, and they oppose amending the Indiana Constitution to address the issue of same-sex marriage and rights,” said Megan Robertson, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana.

A slight plurality of respondents – 46 percent to 43 percent – said that they would vote against the measure if placed on next year's ballot.

When told that the amendment would also ban civil unions for gay couples, opposition increases to 52 percent.

Lawmakers in 2011 approved Republican Rep. Eric Turner's proposed marriage amendment but a second vote is needed before it can go on the ballot. GOP lawmakers control all three branches of government in Indiana.