A new poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling found that nearly three-quarters of Delaware voters oppose allowing same-sex couples to marry.
While some Democrats and independents are opposed to same-gender marriage, most voters oppose the idea in general.
The poll found that 46 percent of Delaware residents believe same-gendered couples should be allowed to marry, compared to 37 percent who are opposed.
Among Democrats, 57 percent oppose same-same-gender couples having the right to marry and 29 percent support.
The same is true of independents who are against same-sexual marriage.
The survey also found that 53 percent of voters believe gay people should be able to legally marry, while 43 percent oppose.
The pollster also found 55 percent of likely voters believe that gay marriage is legal in the state, while 44 percent are opposed and 20 percent are unsure.
A large majority of Delaware’s voters, 69 percent, oppose allowing gay couples to wed, while 29 percent are in favor and 16 percent are undecided.
In addition, the poll found a strong majority of voters are opposed by nearly three in five, 56 percent, to allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children, and a quarter of voters say that allowing same sex couples to legally wed should be illegal.
The study comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that denied federal benefits to same sex spouses of U. S. citizens.
That decision led to a flurry of litigation and a series of rulings across the country, including a federal appeals court ruling that legalized same- sex marriage in Maryland.