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Voters are moving towards favoring same-sex marriage across the country, and Colorado is no exception, as it has joined the ranks of states which now favor legal marriage rights for gay couples. 47% believe same-sex marriage should be legal, and 43% think it should remain illegal. When PPP last polled on the issue in Colorado in August, voters were split at 45%. Independents fall at a 51-39 spread, and both Democrats (from 64-29 in favor to 70-19) and Republicans (from 15-73 against to 20-72) have shifted more towards accepting marriage equality.
Colorado had already strongly favored legal equality for gay couples. 71% wanted them to have at least civil unions, and that has only grown to 76% now, with 42% still preferring full marriage and 34% civil unions. Only 23% want these relationships to have no legal recognition, down from 27%. 87% of Democrats (up nine points), 80% of independents (up four), and even 60% of Republicans (up three) want gay couples to have the same rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples.
"If the legislation passes, Chile will be the fifth South American country to legalize same-sex civil unions, joining Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay. Argentina offers marriage rights to gay couples."
“Health care benefits for same-sex domestic partners are currently considered extra income, and are therefore taxable, while the same benefits for opposite-sex married spouses are not subject to income taxes.”