Three out of four Illinois voters now support legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples. That?s according to a new poll (PDF) from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Brian Mackey has more:
Charles Leonard, a professor at the institute, says support is edging up. He says he suspects people who might once have opposed civil unions have moved to supporting it, while people who only favored civil unions are now OK with gay marriage.
LEONARD: ?I suspect the civil union bill having passed in Illinois and the sky having not fallen may account for some greater acceptance.?
43.6 percent of voters surveyed ? the biggest group ? say gay or lesbian couples should be allowed to get married. An additional 32 percent favor civil unions. Together that?s 75 percent of the electorate.
Just 20 percent of respondents say there should be no legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships.
Civil unions have only been legal in Illinois since last summer. Advocates are already pushing for gay marriage. But there are others who want to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
? Brian Mackey
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