Poll: Majority of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage

Providence, R.I. – Public support for gay marriage is growing in Rhode Island. This year's poll by democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that 59 percent of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage - a 10 percent increase since 2008.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Vice President David Walker says Rhode Islanders are embracing the gay community now more than ever.

"Gay people in this state are no longer strangers; they're part of the mainstream," Walker says. "In Rhode Island right now, eighty percent of voters are telling us they know a gay person, more than half of those say they know them fairly well. And I think that's really what is driving this issue."

The firm polled five-hundred-four registered voters. The poll was paid for by advocates of gay marriage and had a margin of error of plus or minus four-point-four percent.