Gay-Marriage Supporters Like Trend In Siena Poll (Updated)

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It may be a small victory, but the Human Rights Campaign says it’s pleased with the small gain in support for same-sex marriage in New York in this morning’s Siena College poll.

The measure was supported by a “record high” of 58 percent by New Yorkers, with “a record low” of 36 percent opposition, the group said. In January, it was 57 percent to 38 percent. The change, however, is still within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error.

“The more New Yorkers learn about marriage equality, the more they support this basic issue of fairness,” said Brian Ellner, the Human Rights Campaign’s senior strategist for the Campaign for New York Marriage.  “We will continue our campaign to educate across the state so that everyone has the right to make a commitment and build a family with the person they love.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to make same-sex marriage a key legislative priority for the rest of session, and same-sex marriage groups are lobbying state senators to get it passed this year in the chamber, where it failed by eight votes in 2009.

Interestingly, the poll found more support for same-sex marriage in upstate and in the New York City suburbs than in New York City. Support for same-sex marriage was supported by 64 percent of people in the suburbs, 58 percent in upstate and 54 percent in New York City.

Updated: The Empire State Pride Agenda is also praising the latest poll:

“Today’s Siena poll results are yet another indication of ever-increasing support in New York for allowing loving, committed same-sex couples to marry. State legislators who have not supported marriage equality in the past should take note that New Yorkers – including nearly two thirds of suburban voters and a majority of upstate and Catholic voters – clearly believe in fairness and equality for their LGBT family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.”

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