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Poll: Va. voters support gay marriage

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 3:49pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A majority of Virginians support a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, according to a new Christopher Newport University poll.

The poll finds that 56 percent of likely voters questioned oppose the ban on same sex marriage, compared to 36 percent who favor it.

Virginia voters approved the ban in 2006, adding it to the state's Constitution. Two lawsuits have been filed since then challenging the ban. The Republican candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, supports the prohibition on gay marriage and is defending the amendment as attorney general. His opponent Democrat Terry McAuliffe wants it repealed.

The same poll, conducted last week, finds overwhelming support for a cap on gifts to public officials and their families of $100 -- 76 percent to 17 percent. Likely voters also support the creation of a bipartisan ethics commission -- 64 to 26 percent.

Those last two questions were asked in light of the gift and loan scandal surrounding outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

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