Friday, June 23, 2006

New Jersey supports same-sex marriage.

And yet the Democratic governor and Democratic state legislature have not passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage; instead, they've chosen to let the state Supreme Court decide, so they can take the heat - because another opportunity for the conservatives to attack the judicial branch would be so helpful.

The poll found that while respondents clearly supported expanding rights for gay couples, they were not decisive about whether marriage was the answer.

Half of the respondents were asked about same-sex marriage first; the other half were asked first about civil unions.

Those asked first about same-sex marriage supported it by a 53 to 40 margin, but those asked about civil unions first were split, with 48 percent in favor of allowing gay marriage and 47 percent opposing it.

Regardless of the question order, about 65 percent of respondents supported civil unions, while 30 percent opposed them.

The poll, conducted from June 14-19, surveyed 699 randomly selected registered voters and had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.