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Poll: Most Virginians approve of gay marriage

(Source: Human Rights Campaign) (Source: Human Rights Campaign)

A new poll shows the majority of Virginians support gay marriage, though only by a slight margin in Central Virginia.

The poll asked 600 Virginians last month if they "favor or oppose gay and lesbian couples to legally marry." Statewide, 55 percent said they strongly or somewhat favor. The number dipped slightly to 53 percent among Central Virginians.

Gay marriage is still not legal in 37 states, including Virginia. 33 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the U.S. live in the South, according to the study by Quinlan Rosner Research and Target Point Consulting and released by the Human Rights Campaign.

However, opinions on gay marriage varied greatly throughout the state. While nearly 68 percent of people asked in Northern Virginia were in favor of gay marriage, only 35 percent in Western Virginia shared that opinion.

Nearly three out of four surveyed are in favor of employment protections at the state or federal level. Currently in Virginia it is legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation.

Click here to read more about the study: http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/VA_PollingMemo.pdf

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