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AP DIGITS: Cheney family divide mirrors GOP split


The dispute roiling one of the most prominent families in the Republican Party highlights a central factor in the growing acceptance of legal same-sex marriage: knowing someone who's gay.

Most public polling has shown a dramatic rise in recent years in support for legal recognition of same-sex marriages, and a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May found a connection between support for legal marriage and a respondent's ties to someone who is gay.

But just knowing a gay person doesn't guarantee support for legal marriage, particularly among Republicans, and the public dispute among members of former Vice President Dick Cheney's family illustrates the divide.

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