New Yorkers Weigh In On Gay Nups

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New York Governor David Paterson caused controversy when he declared the Empire State would honor out-of-state gay marriages. While social conservatives scoffed at Paterson’s progressive stance, it seems New Yorkers are giving him the thumbs up: 53% support his edict.

That’s all well and good, but thinks get a little more complex as your break it all down:

A majority of voters, 55 percent to 30 percent, said the issue should have been decided by the Legislature, not the governor. Democrats supported the governor’s executive order by a margin of 64 percent to 30 percent, and independent voters by a margin of 56 of 37 percent, while Republicans opposed it, 57 – 37 percent.

The poll revealed a complex division of opinion when asked about whether same-sex marriage should be permitted in New York State:
* 42 percent said same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry;
* 31 percent said these couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not marry;
* 21 percent said there should be no legal recognition of same-sex unions.