*** marriage opposed 2-1 Posted on Mon, Feb. 09, 2004 In Poll, Most Oppose *** Marriage WILL LESTER Associated Press WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say they don't want laws in their states that would legalize same-sex marriages, according to a poll taken after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling in favor of such marriages. The Massachusetts high court, in an advisory opinion, said last Wednesday that gays are entitled to nothing less than marriage and that civil unions will not suffice. The opinion could set the stage for the nation's first legally sanctioned same-sex weddings by the spring. In polling conducted by the National Annenberg Election Survey, people said by a 2-1 margin - 60 percent to 31 percent - that they oppose any similar law legalizing same-sex marriage in their states. Still, they were cool to the idea of a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages. In the poll, 49 percent of those polled were opposed to such an amendment, while 42 percent favored it. Those results suggest *** marriage could be a tricky issue for candidates this election year. The White House is still reviewing the issue, President Bush's spokesman said Monday. Some conservative groups have been strongly encouraging the president to get involved. "If activist judges continue to try to redefine marriage, without regard to the voice of the people, then the only alternative will be a constitutional process," said spokesman Scott McClellan. When asked how long the White House review would last, he said, "I don't know that I'd put any arbitrary timetable on it." Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the front-runner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, said last week: "I believe and have fought for the principle that we should protect the fundamental rights of *** and lesbian couples - from inheritance to health benefits. I believe the right answer is civil unions. I oppose *** marriage and disagree with the Massachusetts court's decision." The Annenberg poll of 814 adults was conducted Feb. 5-8 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Source Anybody else with me in thinking this will be a huge political issue this election?