Poll: Half of Iowans support ban on same-sex marriage

A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling shows about half of Iowans want a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the 2012 ballot.

Marriage rights for same-sex couples have been legal since 2009 after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

According to the poll, 50 percent of Iowans would vote for a ban on same-sex marriage while 43 percent would vote against it. Though voters seem to reject same-sex marriage, 67 percent support equal rights for same-sex couples either through marriage (37 percent) or civil unions (30 percent). Only 29 percent said same-sex couples should have no legal recognition.

The poll's internals show it is Iowa's older generation that skews the poll in favor of an anti-gay marriage amendment. Sixty-two percent of seniors support a ban, while only 35 percent under 30 would vote in favor.

Attempts by Republicans to get a marriage amendment on the ballot have been stymied by Democrats who hold a one-vote majority in the state Senate, though a special election in District 18 could tip the Senate in favor of the Republicans by one seat. That election, between Democrat Liz Mathis and Republican Cindy Golding, will be on Nov. 8.