Progessive Texas?

Texans support for legal recognition of homosexual unions.

Texans support for legal recognition of homosexual unions.

The latest Texas Lyceum Poll of 860 respondents reported that Texans are much more supportive of allowing civil unions and/or same-sex marriages than many people thought.

It’s surprising that over half of Texans support some kind of legal recognition of same-sex unions with 32% of Texans said they would support civil unions while another 25% think same-sex marriages should be permitted. Only 36% oppose allowing either form of legal recognition.

The poll broke support for various legal arrangements by party. Not surprisingly, Democrats show the highest level of support for gay marriages. Perhaps most surprising, 37% of Texas Republicans support civil unions. Combined with the 14% of Republicans who support gay marriages, a narrow majority of Republicans support some form of legal recognition of gay unions.

Support for Gay Unions by Party Identification

Support for Gay Unions by Party Identification

Some people may question if this poll accurately reflect the views of Texans. However, another explanation is that Texans are not the social conservatives they’ve been labeled. There has always been a strong libertarian streak in the state and many Texans don’t care what their neighbors are doing in their bedroom and their fondness for equality an privacy outweigh any reservations that have about homosexuality.

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