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ESPN poll reveals where pro athletes stand on same-sex marriage

Professional hockey players are the most supportive professional athletes on the issue of marriage equality, according to a recently published ESPN poll.

The poll surveyed 62 professional athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB on the topics of politics, the presidential election and social issues, including same-sex marriage and abortion.

Overall, the survey found that 59 percent of the athletes surveyed support marriage equality for same-sex couples, but that support was heavily influenced by the NHL, whose players supported gay marriage by a whopping 92 percent. The NFL also tipped the scale in favor of gay marriage by 61 percent.

But it was the NBA (53 percent) and Major League Baseball (55 percent) who came out opposed to same-sex marriage.

Among other social issues, 59 percent of athletes surveyed said their were pro-choice, led by the NBA, NHL and then the NFL -- only MLB players responded that they were overwhelmingly (65 percent) "pro-life."

The survey is here, and includes responses on politics and the presidential election.

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