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Morning Read: Virginians Split on Same-Sex Marriage

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AM Read: Va. Split on Same-Sex Marriage

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Demonstrators chant outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, as the court heard arguments on California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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A new poll found that Virginians are split on the issue of same-sex marriages, a dramatic shift from just seven years ago, when the state easily passed an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The poll out of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies reports that 45 percent of Virginians support the legalization of gay marriage, and 46 percent oppose it, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. This difference sits well within the poll's 3.5 percent margin of error.

Nine percent of respondents did not answer or said they were unsure of their stance.

The breakdown of these figures follows national trends, with the younger demographics showing the highest support for same-sex marriages. Two-thirds of people between 18 and 29 are in favor of it.

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