Is the union of two in marriage more of a religious or a goverment institution? This was a hot topic in Illinois in 2013 - one that Illinois legislators narrowly decided the government can define as between two people of the same sex.
Nationally, the numbers are just as tight, with most voters now viewing marriage as a religious institution rather than a civil one. Indeed, most still overwhelmingly believe in the importance of marriage before having children.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters now view marriage as a religious institution, up from 48% in October.Forty percent (40%) consider marriage a civil institution, a five-point drop from 45% in the previous survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)