POLL: Do the Majority of Latinos in the U.S. Support Gay Marriage?

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As the Supreme Court reviews arguments today related to California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, the Latino public opinion on the issue is divided. According to a poll conducted last year and released by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the public opinion research company Social Science Research Solutions, the majority of Latinos (54%) support same-sex marriage, but that number changes once taking religion and politics into consideration.

In comparison, a Gallup poll taken around the same time found that 53% of the general population supports legalized gay marriage. Most of those who expressed their support also identified as liberals or Democrats.

However, the same can't be said about Latino gay rights supporters. Almost 40% of self-identified Latino conservatives support legalized same-sex marriage, while 23% of Hispanic self-identified Democrats said the same.

According to research conducted by the Pew Research Hispanic Center, religion also plays a role in how Latinos feel about same-sex marriage. For example, 86% of Latino evangelicals oppose legalizing gay marriage. Catholics are more divided with 52% saying they are against it. These differences can also be seen among the general population.

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