MPR poll: Minnesotans want civil unions


In a Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll released this week, a majority of Minnesotans say they do not support gay marriage, but an even stronger majority support the creation of civil unions and other rights for same-sex couples (PDF):

Family policy toward gays reveals ambivalence. A slight majority of voters (including third of Dayton supporters and Democrats) oppose gay marriage by a 51% to 40% margin. But a stronger majority of 64% (including 56% of Emmer supporters, 55% of Republicans, and 56% of independents) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples (30% of likely voters oppose this option).

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.