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A wave of changing opinions on gay marriage

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We're seeing a big shift in Florida on the issue of gay marriage, and more politicians are rushing to embrace it.

And many voters who previously opposed it have changed their positions.

According to Public Policy Polling, most Florida voters now support gay marriage and/or civil unions. In 2008, a ban on gay marriage and civil unions passed here in Florida with 62 percent of the vote. And as voters evolve, a growing number of high-profile leaders in both political parties are evolving as well.

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman co-sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union of a man and woman. Now he says he has a gay son and supports gay marriage. President Obama announced he had shifted in favor of gay marriage last year, and Hillary Clinton just announced her support of gay marriage a few days ago.

"They see the trend and they're trying to get on that and trying to ride the wave and not be at the tail end of it," said Tampa republican Richard Figueroa.

Public Policy Polling released the following numbers:

75% of Florida voters support at least civil unions for same sex couples, compared to only 23% who think there should be no form of legal recognition for them.

80% of independents, 74% of Republicans, and 72% of Democrats support either gay marriage or civil unions.

When asked about the specific domestic partner bill that was recently introduced in the Florida legislature though, 60% of voters said they had no opinion, with 23% supportive of and 17% opposed to it. Those numbers mostly reflect the average voter not paying much attention to the legislature.

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