New York poll shows voters support gay marriage

Danny McCoy | April 13, 2006

NEW YORK, NY — The Advocate has reported that a new poll of New Yorkers shows the majority of the state is now in support of gay marriage, up from 47 percent two years ago.

The poll also showed that support for legally recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages climbed to 57 percent from 52 percent in 2004.

The new study was conducted by the Global Strategy Group in March on behalf of Empire State Pride Agenda, a statewide LGBT activist group. This poll is in line with similar polls conducted around the country, including this year�s California Field Poll that showed a majority of the state supported marriage equality.

�A growing majority of New Yorkers support ending discrimination in marriage,� Alan Van Capelle, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, said in a statement, according to the Advocate. �There is a clear trend of support moving in our direction and we are very encouraged by these findings."

Perhaps the most compelling information to come of the poll is the statistic that in New York, a politician�s support of gay rights would have little to no effect on the public�s voting decision.

In the results, 42-percent of respondents said that a stance in support of gay marriage made no difference to them and 26-percent said such a stance would make them more inclined to support the official.

�Many of our elected officials have stated their support for our right to marry,� said Van Capelle, who drafted a letter early this year in critique of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's lack of support for marriage equality. �They're standing with us and for that we are grateful. We hope others who are still thinking about this issue will decide it's time to join us.�

According to the Advocate, the poll sampled 658 likely New York voters and has a margin of error of 3.8 percent. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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