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Majority of Californians Now Support Gay Marriage, Poll Finds

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The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist

In 2008, Prop 8 banned gay marriage in California when voters narrowly -- 52% to 48% -- approved it at the ballot box. Today, the Field Poll finds (.pdf) that Californians are trending towards more acceptance of gay marriage.

A survey of 1,390 registered voters in California concluded that "by a 51% to 42% margin, the overall California electorate supports allowing same-sex couples to marry and having regular marriage laws apply to them." 7% had no opinion.

But when those surveyed were then given a choice of three alternatives, the results changed. 44% were okay with allowing same-sex couples to marry, 34% were only okay with allowing civil unions but not same-sex marriage and 19% favored granting no legal recognition to same-sex relationships.