Majority support referendum on gay marriage (UK)

The Telegraph 24 November 2012 
A majority of the population backs holding a referendum on same-sex marriage rather than leaving the decision to MPs, polling suggests. More than twice as many people are in favour of the idea of a national poll on the question as are against, it found. It comes amid claims that David Cameron is drawing up plans to fast-track a bill to change the marriage laws through Parliament in the New Year. Mr Cameron is said to be keen to get a bill through the Commons well before the next election to prevent it becoming a complication. But ComRes poll, commissioned by the Coalition For Marriage, which campaigns against legalising same-sex marriage, suggests widespread public scepticism about trusting politicians to make the final decision. In total 54 per cent agreed with the statement that “given the controversy over legalising same-sex marriage it should be decided by a national referendum and not just a House of Commons vote.” Of those 23 per cent agreed strongly.