Coloradans support civil unions 76-23

According to a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling, Colorado voters narrowly favor making same-sex marriage legal and favor legalizing civil unions by a more than 3-1 margin.

“Colorado is the first ‘purple’ state where we’ve found a plurality of voters in support of gay marriage. 47% of voters think it should be legal to only 43% who believe it should be illegal. For the most part PPP’s state by state gay marriage polling has only found deep blue states in favor of it,” said Public Policy Polling Director Tom Jensen.

When you expand the discussion to civil unions, 76% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23% who think there shouldn’t be any at all. Even among Republicans 60% support either gay marriage or civil unions, the poll revealed.

Previous polling in Colorado has also shown support for marriage equality.

Colorado’s legislature debated a civil unions bill earlier this year, and while there was evidence the bill would have passed if allowed to come to a full vote in the GOP-controlled House, the bill was assigned to a committee dominated by conservative Republicans and never made it to the floor for a vote.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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