Monday, May 26, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than half of California residents would support amending the state constitution to reverse the California Supreme Court’s May 15 decision creating a right to gay marriage, according to a poll published Friday.

The Los Angeles Times/ KTLA poll of 705 registered voters, found that 54 percent of the voters surveyed backed the amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, while 35 percent opposed it.

But with months to go before any initiative could be voted on in November and the court’s decision only a week old, the survey results suggest the initiative supporters’ edge could evaporate, said the newspaper’s poll director, Susan Pinkus.

“Although the amendment to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage is winning by a small majority, this may not bode well for the measure,” she said.

If the amendment qualifies for the ballot and passes in November, it would still leave in doubt the validity of gay marriages performed before then if the court does not issue a stay of its order as requested by the amendment’s backers. The ruling is set to take effect next month.

The poll, conducted by phone on Tuesday and Wednesday, had a margin of error of four percentage points.

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