Poll: Rhode Island Supports Marriage Equality, David Cicilline | A new poll shows that marriage equality continues to have very high support in Rhode Island, with 56 percent in support and only 36 percent opposed. WPRI notes that support is highest among Democrats (72 percent) and young voters (64 percent). The state’s passage of civil unions last year garnered a weak embrace from the LGBT community, as all the surrounding states allow the freedom to marry. Support for incumbent Rep. David Cicilline (D), who is openly gay, also seems to have rebounded. He now has 44 percent support, while 38 percent support his Republican opponent Brendan Doherty, a 21 point swing since February.