Support for same-sex marriage on rise in Miss.

Eight years ago, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. If that same issue were up for another vote today, the results likely would be the same — but the outcome might not be as overwhelming.

A recent study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law suggests Mississippi has seen one of the biggest and fastest shifts on the issue, almost doubling its support of same-sex marriage by the end of 2012.

The findings suggest that, if Mississippi continues to trend along with the rest of the nation, a majority of the state’s population could support same-sex marriage within the next decade.

The study revealed 34 percent of Mississippians support same-sex marriage. Overall, the Magnolia State’s approval for same-sex marriages grew 16 points over eight years, outpacing most of its Southern counterparts and placing it just behind Georgia, North Carolina and Florida for most supportive Southern state on the issue.

Clarion Ledger