A super majority of New Jersey voters
support gay unions, a new poll has found.
Public Policy Polling survey found a whopping 81 percent of New
Jersey voters support marriage or civil unions for gay and lesbian
couples, and more respondents support marriage equality than do not.
Forty-seven percent of those contacted
said they believe gay marriage should be legal, while forty-two
percent disagreed. Eleven percent said they did not know.
Four-hundred-eighty voters were
surveyed, and the poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
New Jersey is among the five states
that recognize gay couples with civil unions. Hawaii, Illinois,
Delaware and, most recently, Rhode Island have also legalized civil
unions. But only New Jersey was forced to act by a court order.
The inequality of civil unions is more
than name deep, activists argue. Private companies often won't
recognize a civil union for the purpose of benefits as equal to
marriage. And while married gay couples continue to work toward
federal recognition, a win would most likely not include civil
Last year, New Jersey lawmakers
rejected a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in the state.
Proponents say they are working on building a bipartisan veto-proof
majority in the Legislature to head off a threatened veto from
Governor Chris Christie before making a second attempt, and have
filed a new legal challenge, as well.
Jersey looks on as New York gay marriages begin.)