Study says support for gay marriage in MN (43 percent) weaker than Iowa, SoDak, or Wisconsin [GRAPHIC]

A new study breaks down support for gay marriage on a state-by-state level.
A new study breaks down support for gay marriage on a state-by-state level.
Image by Tatiana Craine -- map from the UCLA study

As a marriage equality bill awaits a vote on the floor of the House and Senate, a new study from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law concludes that support for gay marriage in Minnesota is weaker than you might think.

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The study, which aggregates polling conducted in 2011 and '12, finds that 43 percent of Minnesotans support gay marriage. That's lower than the proportion of Iowans (45 percent), Wisconsinites (47 percent), and perhaps most surprisingly, South Dakotans (45 percent) who support gay marriage, according to the study.

As you'd expect, Minnesota for Marriage quickly seized upon the study as evidence legislators don't have a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage.

"This is another concrete example that Minnesotans don't support gay marriage," said Minnesota for Marriage spokeswoman Autumn Leva in a statement. "In fact, it runs contrary to the erroneous assertion that public opinion on gay marriage is radically changing."

Of course, as last November's vote on the marriage amendment indicated, attitudes about marriage equality are quickly changing. So even though some of the polling the UCLA study draws from was conducted just a handful of months ago, it doesn't necessarily indicate that a majority of Minnesotans oppose same-sex marriage today.

-- h/t: MPR --

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