John M. Becker

More Texans Support Marriage Equality Than Oppose It

Filed By John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: DOMA, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Texas, tipping point

gay-texas-rainbow.pngTexas is at a tipping point on marriage equality: a new independent poll reveals that for the first time in history, more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it.

John Wright of Lone Star Q reports:

The poll from Texas Tech University found that 48 percent of Texans are in favor of same-sex marriage, while 47 percent oppose it, according to a news release.

The poll was conducted by undergraduate students at TTU's Earl Survey Research Lab.

"In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent," said associate professor Mark McKenzie, who oversaw the poll. "Now, we're closely divided on the issue. ... Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it."

The results fall within the poll's margin of error of 4.6%, but they are still statistically significant as they show how rapidly public opinion in Texas, like the rest of the country, is swinging in favor of marriage equality: a survey conducted last June found support at just 39%.

Wright notes that this latest poll is the first conducted in the state since the Supreme Court struck down the heart of DOMA on June 26, 2013, and also the first since a federal judge in San Antonio struck down Texas's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.

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