Poll: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Support Civil Unions, Half Support Marriage Equality Constitutional Amendment

A new Franklin & Marshall College poll finds the half of Pennsylvanians favor a constitutional amendment to legalize same-sex marriage, with 62 percent favoring a state law allowing civil unions. This is “a sharp shift since June 2009, the last time F&M asked about same-sex marriage,” when the numbers were “almost exactly reversed.” In 2009, 52 percent of Pennsylvanians opposed a marriage equality amendment. “I think there’s a big change going on with this,” said poll director Dr. G. Terry Madonna. “In the next generation, it’s going to be widely accepted.” However, in the GOP-led state legislature, there is one bill currently pending that asks these same Pennsylvanians to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman.