While the votes to legalize same-sex marriage are still being counted in the Minnesota House and Senate, it is starting to look like the state is shifting in the direction of marriage equality already. KSTP/SurveyUSA conducted a poll of some 500 people and found that a majority of Minnesotans support marriage equality.
The poll asked Minnesotans should “the Minnesota state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
The margin was pretty narrow, though. It was 51% to 47%. This is likely within the margin of error, and it isn’t much of a difference between the two. However, it is a big shift from their last poll which found support standing at 42% and opposition 54%.
The legislature is likely to have a very close vote. Minnesota was not expected to be one of the states to battle over marriage equality quite so quickly, but it could be one of three states to legalize same-sex marriage this year with Rhode Island having already passed their marriage equality bill and Delaware working on theirs.
Currently, there are nine stats that have same-sex marriage laws. The District of Columbia and three Native American tribal jurisdictions also have same-sex marriage.