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Poll: Majority of voters would back a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage

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A majority of U.S. voters would support the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. About 56 percent of the 1,711 registered voters nationwide surveyed held this view, compared to 38 percent who opposed it.

By political affiliations, 70 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents said they want to see same-sex couples granted the constitutional right to marry. Just 34 percent of Republicans said the same.

Same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Arguments began last month in four Supreme Court cases that will determine if all states are required to allow same-sex marriage, and if those that don't will have to recognize out-of-state unions. A decision is expected this month.