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Poll: 53% of Wisconsinites support same-sex marriage

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new poll shows that more than half of Wisconsinites support same-sex marriages. 

53 percent in the new Marquette Law School poll expressed support for gay marriage. That's nine points higher than the 44 percent support in the same poll a year ago. 

19 percent said there should not be any legal recognition of same-sex marriages or civil unions -- down from 23 percent a year ago. 

Marquette pollster Charles Franklin says it's the first time in more than a year of polling that Wisconsin has shown over 50 percent support for same-sex marriage. Franklin says it's very much in line with other polls around the country. 

It's also quite a change from seven years ago, when 59 percent of Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional ban on gay marriages and civil unions.

The group which promoted that ban, Wisconsin Family Action, is now trying to get the State Supreme Court to throw out a domestic partner registry that gives same-sex couples about one-fifth of the legal benefits of married couples. 

Arguments in that case were heard last week, and a ruling could be a few months away. 

The new Marquette poll surveyed 400 voters on the question last week. The error margin is 5 percent either way.