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A recent poll conducted in Florida - by Public Policy Polling - shows 64 percent of residents in favor of either marriage equality or civil unions. This is a big shift from three years ago when Amendment 2 (which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman) passed with 61 percent approval. Amendment 2 would not pass if it were voted on today. Likewise, beginning in April 2011, surveys such as Gallup and CNN began showing a majority of Americans for the first time narrowly supporting marriage equality.
Americans are opening their minds about gay rights, and they have become more accepting of marriage equality. According to Forbes.com, Gallup asks its survey question this way: "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages? In May 44% (up from 27% when Gallup first asked the question in 1996) said they should be recognized as valid.