Latinos Support Legalizing Gay Marriage, Exit Polls Show

There may be one more roadblock for conservatives trying to woo Latino voters -- Latino voters are more likely than the electorate in general to support gay marriage, according to exit polls reported by ABC News. The poll shows that the Latino population may play an important role in the expanding of legalized gay marriage across the country, reports the Huffington Post

According to ABC, nearly six-in-ten Latino voters (59%) said their state should legally recognize same-sex marriage while 32% said their state should not. But among all voters, about half (48%) favored legalization of gay marriage while nearly the same share said they would oppose it (47%). Non-Hispanic whites were the most opposed to states legally sanctioning same-sex marriage (47% favored but 50% were opposed).

This isn't particularly new: the general support for gay marriage by Latinos was reported by another poll conducted by the National Council of La Raza and the public opinion research company Social Science Solutions in April. The ABC poll only emphasizes the sentiment of many Latino voters in their support of the issue.

Last week the states of Maine, Maryland and Washington also voted to legalize gay marriage, while Minnesota voted against defining marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman. Gay marriage is also legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Many Latin American countries and cities have embraced same-sex marriage as well, with Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico city all legalizing gay marriage. Colombia and Brazil have also taken steps to extend rights to same-sex civil unions.

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