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Where Does America Stand on Gay Rights RIGHT NOW? We’ll Tell You

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It’s a day of poll data! The nation’s various question askers are all delivering their latest results on national surveying after bothering people on sidewalks across the nation, and Americans weighed in on lots of gay issues! So what’s the latest temperature on DOMA, same-sex marriage, and DADT? To the polls!

Note: Sometimes the same question is repeated below more than once, to provide data from multiple polling sources. Figures may not add up to 100 percent because some respondents replied “don’t know” or did not respond.

Question In Favor Not In Favor Source
Gay couples should be allowed to marry 33% 26 (But civil unions should be permitted); 24 (No legal recognition at all) Quinnipiac University national poll
Gay couples should be allowed to marry 42 25 (But civil unions should be permitted); 28 (No legal recognition at all) New York Times/CBS News Poll
Gay couples should be allowed to marry 49 46 ABC News/Washington Post poll
The U.S. should repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 56 37 Quinnipiac University national poll
Allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military would be divisive 35 58 Quinnipiac University national poll
Not allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military is discrimination, 60 36 Quinnipiac University national poll
The federal law (i.e. DOMA) that allows states to refuse other states’ same-sex marriages is okay 50 44 Quinnipiac University national poll
If a gay or lesbian couple gets legally married in another state, that marriage should be recognized as legal in your state. 53 43 ABC News/Washington Post poll
Should existing federal law that prohibits same-sex partners from receiving federal benefits stay in place? 39 54 Quinnipiac University national poll
Should your state permit same-sex marriage? 38 55 Quinnipiac University national poll
Should your state permit same-sex civil unions? 53 40 Quinnipiac University national poll
Same-sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage between a man and woman. 39 58 Quinnipiac University national poll
Not allowing same-sex couples to get married is discrimination. 45 51 Quinnipiac University national poll
Ending discrimination against gay men and women is as necessary today as ending discrimination against blacks was in the 1960s. 44 50 Quinnipiac University national poll
Same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children. 53 40 Quinnipiac University national poll
The government is paying enough attention to gay and lesbian needs. 41 22 (not enough attention); 26 (about right) Quinnipiac University national poll

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