Residents of Utah are evenly split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get marriage licenses, according to a new poll conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune.
The poll of 600 adults
reveals that 48 percent of those surveyed are in favor and 48 percent against. But a large majority of 72 percent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to have civil unions or domestic partnerships in lieu of marriage.
The Tribune says the poll conducted Jan. 10-13 reveals that Utahns’ views on same-sex relationships have "dramatically shifted in the decade since voters amended the state's constitution to prohibit them from receiving any legal recognition."
The results "reflect a remarkable turn" since 66 percent of voters approved Amendment 3, which limits civil marriage to a man and a woman, the newspaper added.The ban was approved in 2004.
The Tribune poll also found support for same-sex marriage was strongest among non-Mormons, people between 18 and 34, and respondents who identified themselves as Democrats.
The poll comes on the heels of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put them on hold.
The couples took home licenses from local clerks after a judge overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20.
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