Apr. 8, 2003
Frank Phillips, Boston Globe
"Breaking with public opinion nationally, Massachusetts residents, by a slim majority, say they favor allowing gays to marry, a new Boston Globe/WBZ-TV poll shows.
In the survey, 50 percent supported legalizing gay and lesbian marriages, while 44 percent said they oppose it. Those figures are in sharp contrast to national polls in recent years. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey in 2000 found that 55 percent of Americans questioned opposed gay marriage, while 39 percent supported it. A Pew Center poll in 2001 showed only 35 percent of people favor same-sex marriage.
Like the rest of the nation, Massachusetts residents are more comfortable with legalizing gay and lesbian civil unions than homosexual marriages. The poll found 58 percent backing the idea, while 35 percent oppose it."