The majority of Utah voters oppose gay marriage, but attitudes toward some legal recognition of same-sex relationships have changed dramatically over the past eight years, according to recent survey data from the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.
“Utah is seeing the same kind of movement that we see in the United States generally,” said Chris Karpowitz, a BYU political science professor and fellow at the center. “We’re getting massive change in public opinion in a very short period of time.”
“What makes Utah voters different,” Karpowitz says, is that they are moving “not toward full support of marriage equality but toward civil unions.”
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