Support for gay marriage among Ohio voters remains steady at 50 percent.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey of 1,174 Ohio voters conducted by phone from May 7 to 12, 50 percent of respondents support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, while 43 percent remain opposed.

That's a 1 percentage drop in opposition from a similar poll conducted in February.

A federal judge in April ordered Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay couples. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black stayed the majority of his ruling, but made an exception for the lawsuit's four plaintiffs, ordering the state to recognize their marriages for the purposes of birth certificates.

“The future of same-sex marriage in Ohio is now before the courts, but if it were up to the voters, the issue would be close to a tossup, with support just hitting 50 percent,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Opposition is highest among Republicans (66%), though opposition has decreased 4 percentage points since 2012. A plurality of independents (49%) and a large majority of Democrats (74%) said they support such unions.

The poll also found a large majority (72%) of young adults under 34 favor marriage equality. Twenty-four percent said they were opposed.