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Annual survey shows baton rouge respondents evenly split on making it legal


  The Baton Rouge Area Foundation released the results of its annual CityStats quality of life survey June 10, revealing 47 percent of its respondents (from the greater Baton Rouge area) favor legalizing same-sex marriage. Forty-seven percent said they were opposed, and 6 percent were undecided. The 2011 survey had 44 percent in favor, with 49 percent opposed. In 2004, 74 percent of Louisiana voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage.

  A June 13 Pew Research Center poll of 1,197 LGBT adults revealed that 93 percent of respondents are in favor of same-sex marriage, and 58 percent of respondents said it should be the LGBT community's top priority. A plurality of the respondents in that poll — 34 percent — live in the South. — Alex Woodward

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