Poll: 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage

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An ABC News-Washington Post poll shows 51 percent of Americans support marriage equality in the U.S., the Huffington Post said.
The results of this poll come days after Maryland, Maine and Washington approved gay marriage initiatives and Minnesota struck down the proposed marriage amendment which would ban same-sex marriages, The Hill said.
The poll was a survey of 1,023 registered voters polled between Nov. 7 and 11, the Huffington Post said. However, 47 percent of respondents opposed gay marriage, the Huffington Post said.
The findings of the survey show six in 10 young adults and three in four Democrats support gay marriage, The Hill said. However, two in three senior citizens and 81 percent of "very conservative" respondents oppose gay marriage, the Huffington Post said.
Challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as union strictly between one man and one woman, are expected to be heard by the Supreme Court. If the highest court in the U.S. refuses to hear the case, the federal appeals court ruling will stand which would allow gay marriage in California, the Huffington Post said.
Gay marriage is currently legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., the Huffington Post said.

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