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In 2004:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri Primary Election

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Friday, September 03, 2004

Constitutional Amendment 2  

Marriage Definition

Yes 1,055,771 70.6%

No 439,529 29.4%

Total Votes   1,495,300

Remember, it was a primary and turnout was nowhere near that of a general election. It did result in this:

Missouri Constitution

Article I

BILL OF RIGHTS

Section 33

Marriage, validity and recognition.

Section 33. That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.

(Adopted August 3, 2004)

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released additional results [pdf] of a survey of 602 Missouri voters interviewed from May 24th to May 27th. The margin of error for the poll is 4.0%.

Q2 Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal or illegal?

Legal 36%

Illegal 52%

Not sure 12%

Q3 Which of the following best describes your opinion on gay marriage: gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, or gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, or there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship?

Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry 31%

Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry 32%

There should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship 33%

Not sure 4%

Civil unions or same sex marriage are at 63% in the poll.

The next question should have been: “Should the state should dictate any religious denomination’s recognition of marriage between consenting adults?” I bet the results would have been really interesting.

Civil union or marriage, what would be the difference, a choice of words?

Eight years. Think of the possibility of continuing change over the next few years.