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Support in polls for same-sex marriage could influence Proposition 8 legal battle, experts say

Recent polls showing majority support for same sex marriage could have an effect on judges as the legal fight against Proposition 8 moves through the courts, experts and advocates say.

May 23, 2011|By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times

"We definitely want the cases to move forward. We're making great progress in the courts," said Jim Carroll, interim executive director of Equality California, referring to the Aug. 4 decision striking down Proposition 8 and rulings by a federal judge in Massachusetts branding the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a violation of constitutional rights.

Gallup's report Friday said there had been no change in attitudes among respondents identifying themselves as Republicans. This year and last, 28% of Republicans said they believed gays should be allowed to marry.

Conservative Christian groups have also stuck by their position that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman.

"There are no polls or any of today's trends or fads that would distract the Alliance Defense Fund from the need to protect children. We continue to protect marriage, no matter what the polls say," said Sara Tappen, litigation counsel for the Christian legal advocacy group.

carol.williams@latimes.com

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