Polls: Gay marriage not a decisive issue

But more than half support constitutional amendment
Gay marriage is not a decisive issue for American voters in the 2004 presidential election, despite national debate over gay rights, according to recent polls.

A CBS News poll found that more than half (52 percent) of all voters would support a candidate who doesn’t share their views on gay marriage. Only 4 percent of voters said gay marriage is the main issue they want to hear about in the election. Nevertheless, the CBS poll said nearly 60 percent of adults say they favor a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman, up from 55 percent in December.

Senator John Kerry (D., Mass.), who clinched the Democratic nomination as he won nine of ten presidential primary elections on March 2, says he opposes legalization of gay marriage but adds that the matter should be handled by state laws rather than a constitutional amendment endorsed by President Bush.


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