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Poll: Same-Sex Marriage Support Numbers Falling

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - An exclusive poll reveals that fewer Michigan voters would support a ballot initiative that would allow same-sex marriage in the state.

Those numbers from the EPIC-MRA poll show if people voted today 47 percent would vote yes or are leaning yes while 46 percent say they would vote no or are leaning no.

That's a big change from last year when 55 percent said they would vote yes or were leaning yes and 41 percent would vote no or were leaning no.

That exclusive poll commissioned by 6 News and four other media outlets in Michigan highlights this shift in voters’ attitudes toward same-sex marriage.

6 News Christa Lamendola talked with the company that conducted the poll and to some people with strong opinions about it.

Should same sex marriage be legalized? That's the question one polling company asked 600 voters in Michigan and their answers might surprise you.

"On same sex marriage we found that there has been a decline- a slippage from last year in May when we tested the same question and a 55 percent,” said Bernie Porn, President, EPIC-MRA.

So why the sudden change?

James Muffett, whose group opposes same-sex marriage, says people are rethinking their values.

"I think it's possible that people are rethinking the long term effects. No one wants to be against anyone. No one wants to harm anybody, but I think people understand that to redefine an institution as sacred as marriage, that's a big thing,” said James Muffett, President of Citizens for Traditional Values.

Others think the shift is more of a misunderstanding.

“I'm not sure why those numbers came up in this particular poll. We're confident that over the next year that we'll be able to let the average citizen get to know us and our families,” said Emily Dievendorf, Executive Director, Equality Michigan.

As for the poll numbers they may not be permanent.

This year is a gubernatorial election year, one known to have older voters. That means young voters would show up in a voter poll for 2016, not this year.

So until a court decision is made or the issue is put on the ballot in 2016, only one thing is for sure, same-sex marriage is back up in the air.

In March, the Supreme Court upheld the same-sex marriage ban in Michigan. That case is still pending and will be reviewed by the 6th circuit appeals court.
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