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Ian Simpson – Reuters – Thursday, 27 February 2014 (originally published 26 Feb)

Protesters holding signs

Keri Bias (L) holds a sign in support of same sex marriage in front of the Hawaii State Capital in Honolulu in this file photo taken October 28, 2013. Image: Reuters/Hugh Gentry/Files

Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it . . .

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