New Poll Shows 59 Percent Support Gay Marriage

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A new opinion poll shows a record numbers of people now support gay marriage.

"My lifestyle is the same as my next-door neighbors, we get up, we go to work," said Linda Royster, who has been with her partner, Barbara Kinsman, for 26 years.

Royster said public opinion of same sex marriages is changing.

According to a new Washington Post and ABC News poll, 59 percent of people support gay marriage.

"Realize that we have the same need for the official sanction of marriage," said Royster.

Federal courts in Texas and Virginia have rejected laws banning gay marriage; however, Rita Dunaway, the deputy director of the Valley Family Forum, a family values group, said it's not about the constitution.

"People who responded to that poll are confused about what the constitution is," said Dunaway

She said marriage is not defined as a relationship between same-sex couples.

"Their relationship is inherently different in kind from what a true marriage is," said Dunaway.

Dunaway does say that gay couples should have the same liberties as anyone else though.

For Royster and Kinsman, it's about respect.

"Until we can stand up together in our own congregation, then our relationship doesn't have the same dignity," said Royster. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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