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Poll: Majority of Nevadans support repeal of state’s ban on same-sex marriage

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A majority of Nevadans favor repealing the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a newly released survey.

The poll, commissioned by the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN), and conducted last week by Public Opinion Strategies of 500 likely voters, found that 54% of respondents would favor removing the Protection of Marriage provision from the Nevada Constitution; 43% were opposed.

The measure passed in 2002 with almost 67% of the vote.

Only those identifying themselves as deeply conservative were against repealing the provision — by 76%.

The poll question asked, “Would you favor or oppose removing the Protection of Marriage provision from the Nevada Constitution? Removing this provision would allow same-sex couples to legally marry in Nevada…”

In 2009, the Nevada state legislature passed a bill to create a domestic partnership registry to allow same-sex couples many of the same rights as married, heterosexual couples. The law took effect on Oct. 1, 2009.

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