AP poll: Divisions persist on legal gay marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that the nation remains passionate, conflicted and narrowly split on same-sex marriage.

A narrow majority — 53 percent — say the government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex. Forty-four percent are opposed. That’s according to the nationwide telephone poll of 1,000 adults by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center.

The survey found that what government should do to outlaw or legalize gay marriage also splits Americans. About half of those polled, 48 percent, said they would support a constitutional amendment banning such marriages. And 55 percent, said states should make their own decisions on the issue.