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Poll: Minnesotans split on same-sex marriage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans are still almost evenly divided on same-sex marriage as the date approaches when gay couples can start getting married.

A poll by the Star Tribune published Thursday found 46 percent of those surveyed support the law change that will allow marriage between same-sex couples beginning on Aug. 1. Forty-four percent are opposed and 10 percent are undecided.

Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-led Legislature legalized same-sex marriage in May. Some gay couples have already started applying for marriage licenses.

The phone poll surveyed 800 Minnesota adults from June 11-13, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Support for gay marriage grew over the last Minnesota Poll in February, which found only 38 percent supported letting gay couples legally wed.

The poll showed support for gay marriage remains highest in the Twin Cities. Sixty-six percent of those polled in Hennepin and Ramsey counties backed the law change. In greater Minnesota, 54 percent opposed letting gay couples get married.

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