More Tennesseans supporting same-sex marriage

More Tennesseans supporting same-sex marriage

May 22nd, 2013 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

A woman holds a Bible as she prays on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Monday.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

POLL: Do you support same-sex marriage?

About half of Tennesseans support legal recognition of same-sex couples, an apparent shift in their views as states across the country have moved toward allowing gay marriage.

A poll conducted this month for Vanderbilt University found that 49 percent of Tennesseans support gay marriage or civil unions while 46 percent are opposed to both, suggesting the state is now evenly divided on whether to extend legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of Tennesseans say health insurance and other employee benefits should be extended to the domestic partners or spouses of gays and lesbians. Thirty-one percent oppose the idea.

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