On August 4th, Federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that California's ban on marriage between gay and lesbian couples violates the US Constitution. According to CNN pollsters, nearly half of America agrees - and more than half feel that gay and lesbian couples should have the right to get married.The full results of the poll can be seen here. Researchers asked "Do you think gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid?" 49% of Americans said yes - a four percent jump over another poll conducted just last year. 51% said no, a three percent drop from last year. (Last year, 1% had no opinion. This year, that was not the case.) Researchers then asked a second sample "Do you think gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid?" (emphasis added) Here, for what's believed to be the first time, 52% of Americans said yes. 46% said no, and the other 2% had no opinion. This is in keeping with a May Gallup poll, which found for the first time that a majority of Americans perceive gay and lesbian relationships to be "morally acceptable."
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