Americans Expect Gay Marriage to be Found Unconstitutional

As you may know, a U.S. District Court is reviewing the constitutional validity of California’s Proposition 8, which restored the definition of marriage in California as being between a man and a woman. It is expected that the case will eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, which may end up ruling about the validity of same-sex marriage at the federal level. If this case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, what do you expect the outcome to be? If this case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, what do you expect the outcome to be?

A ruling that defines marriage federally as between a man and a woman 52%
A ruling that defines marriage federally as between two people 28%
Not sure 19%

And, if this case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, what would you prefer the outcome to be?

A ruling that defines marriage federally as between a man and a woman 58%
A ruling that defines marriage federally as between two people 34%
Not sure 8%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

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