Opponents of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota highlighted a new study today that they believe furthers their cause.
The study from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law found support for gay marriage in Minnesota at 43 percent.
It was lower than in Iowa (45%), South Dakota (45%) or Wisconsin (47%). Nationwide, 12 states and the District of Columbia had support for same-sex marriage at or above 50 percent at the end of 2012. Support increased in all states over the last eight years, with an average increase of 13.6 percent. The authors of the study analyzed survey data from multiple polling places and news sources.
In a news release, Minnesota for Marriage spokeswoman Autumn Leva said the study from what she termed a “pro-gay marriage organization” undermines the claim that state legislators have a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage.
“This is another concrete example that Minnesotans don’t support gay marriage”, Leva said. “In fact, it runs contrary to the erroneous assertion that public opinion on gay marriage is radically changing.”
Minnesota for Marriage is planning a series of “Stand for Marriage” rallies throughout the state this month.