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Majority of Californians support gay marriage

Nearly 60 percent of Californians now believe gay marriage should be legal in the state, according to a new Los Angeles Times poll. The poll found that 58 percent of registered voters in California believe gay couples should have equal access to marriage benefits. Only 36 percent of registered voters were opposed to gay marriage, according to the poll. In 2008, a measure banning gay marriage in the state passed with 52 percent. Now, marriage equality enjoys a 22-point lead.

She ain’t Putin up with him no more

Lyudmila Putin announced to Russian press that she is getting a divorce from her husband, President Vladimir Putin. The couple has been married for more than 30 years and they have two children. Putin has supported several anti-gay laws, including laws that ban Pride celebrations and that would ban same-sex parents from adopting Russian children.

There are angels in America

Support for marriage equality among white Evangelicals is at 18 percent, up from 10 percent in 2004, according to a poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. White Evangelicals make up an important voting bloc, especially in highly conservative areas. According to the same poll, 54 percent of Catholics say they support marriage equality, up from 40 percent in 2001. More than 50 percent of Protestants support gay marriage, the poll found. However, only 30 percent of black Protestants support gay marriage. Nationally, more than 50 percent of Americans support gay marriage.

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