Utahns are evenly divided on the issue of gay marriage, a significant change over the past decade.

According to a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Salt Lake Tribune, 48 percent of respondents support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, while 48 percent remain opposed.

In 2004, a large majority (66%) of Utah voters approved Amendment 3, the state's constitutional amendment which defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Last month, a federal judge declared the amendment unconstitutional. The state has appealed the ruling and a decision is expected in the summer.

ā€œI think that's true. I think people are changing,ā€ Dave Moore, a marriage equality supporter, told KUTV. ā€œGay people just have the right to be happy.ā€

When asked about alternate forms of recognition, including civil unions and domestic partnerships, support increased to 72 percent. Even a large majority (65%) of Mormons support civil unions for gay couples.

Support for marriage equality is strongest among those under age 50 (50%), Democrats (81%) and non-Mormons (76%).