By Brittany Clingen
Lansing, Michigan: According to a new poll released by the Glengarrif Group Inc., a majority of Michigan voters support gay marriage, marking a significant change in sentiments from recent years past. The poll, which surveyed 600 registered voters, showed that 56.8 percent of the participants support same-sex marriage, up from 44.3 percent just last year. The increased percentage appears to be the result of changing opinions primarily among Republicans and independents.
In 2004, when support for gay marriage was calculated to be approximately 24 percent throughout the state, Michigan voters approved Proposal 2 58.6 to 41.4 percent. This initiated constitutional amendment banned same-sex marriages, stating, "The union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose."
The poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus four points, also found that at least 90 percent of voters in Michigan are supportive of some form of legal rights and protections for gay men and women. It also determined that at least 65 percent of Michigan voters support changes that would expand domestic benefits of homosexual couples.
Support for gay marriage among Republicans increased from 20 percent in 2012 to 36.5 percent this year, and among Democrats it increased from 71 to 75 percent over the same time frame.