Californians Hold Firm on Gay Marriage

Californians still almost evenly divided on the issue

Two polls taken this month show that opinions on same-sex marriage across the state haven't changed much since voters passed Proposition 8 in November.

A Field poll showed a nearly even split, with 48 percent of registered voters opposed to marriage rights. A more recent poll from the Public Policy Institute shows 49 percent supporting the ban.

Proposition 8 was passed with 52 percent of the vote in November.

Challenges to the voter initiative are currently being considered by the California Supreme Court.

Interestingly, the Field poll reported that 55 percent of Los Angeles County residents polled are in favor of same-sex marriage.

Yet in the November election, Proposition 8 actually won in LA county.

That information is perplexing to same-sex marriage advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area, where support for extending marriage benefits is overwhelming at 64 percent.

Jackson West feels the pain of same-sex married couples trying to figure out how to report their state and federal taxes.

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