Poll shows majority of Minnesotans oppose same-sex marriage bill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the same day that another Republican leader announced his support for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a new poll shows a majority of Minnesotans remains opposed to a change in the law.

According to the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, 53 percent of Minnesotans say the law banning gay marriage should remain. Only 38 percent responded that lawmakers should overturn the law this year. Another nine percent remain undecided on the matter.

Meantime, same-sex marriage advocates picked up a key supporter on Wednesday. Minnesota College Republican Chairman Ryan Lyk announced he believes in "the freedom to marry."

In a written statement, Lyk said, "As a young Republican and a supporter of individual freedom and limited government, I urge Republicans to join me in supporting legislation that will extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota."

Lyk's support -- which bucks his party's position -- is also in line with the Star Tribune poll. The poll also found a majority of adults ages 18 to 34 supporting same-sex marriage, while 72 percent of adults 65 and older believe the law should remain as it is, with marriage defined as between one man and one woman.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota was introduced at the Capitol last week.

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