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EAST LANSING, Mich. - A study released today by Michigan State University show's support for gay marriage is growing in Michigan.

A recent survey found that 56% of the state's residents support gay marriage while 39% oppose it. Two years ago, 48 percent supported gay marriage and 51 percent were opposed.

"Support for gay marriage has increased in recent years, in Michigan and across the country," said Charles Ballard, MSU economics professor and director of the State of the State Survey. It was conducted over the summer.

Nationally, both the Gallup Organization and the Pew Research Center have been tracking attitudes toward gay marriage for 17 years. In 1996, they both found that only 27 percent of Americans were in favor of gay marriage. This year, respondents to the Gallup survey favored gay marriage 50 percent to 48 percent, and the Pew Center found 45 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.

For a complete look at the survey click the highlighted link to Michigan State University.