Gay marriage, marriage equality in Utah: Polls now show majority support for LGBT rights

A new poll from Utah shows strong support for same-sex marriage in the state, and the first national poll of Utah shows a majority of residents support gay marriage.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling and released Tuesday, found 57 percent of Utahns favor allowing gay couples to marry.

The poll found support among Democrats, independents and Republicans is 62 percent, with 35 percent opposing.

The survey found more than half of Utahans support a ban on same-day marriage, with nearly half saying they oppose such a ban.

The public is also split over the legality of same-gender marriage, the poll found.

The state’s highest court has said the state can’t define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The latest poll, the third to show strong support and the second in the country, comes as Republican Gov.

Gary Herbert (R) and Attorney General Sean Reyes (R), both of whom are expected to run for re-election next year, are battling for reexamining same-sodomy laws.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.