New poll: 54% support legalizing gay marriage

A majority of Americans say they support legal recognition of
same-sex marriage amid growing evidence that the public’s become more
comfortable with gays and lesbians, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday.

According to the survey, 54 percent of respondents now say that
marriages between gay and lesbian couples should be leagl, with only 42
percent opposed.

The results also indicated that the number of Americans who say they
have a close friend or family member who is gay jumped from 49 percent
in 2010 to 60 percent today, the first time in CNN polling that a
majority of Americans have said that.

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