Raleigh, N.C. – By and large, as in most states, Missourians are not in favor of same-sex marriage. 59% want it to stay illegal, and only 32% want it legalized. But the fight seems to be more over the word “marriage” than the legal rights associated with it. Because when civil unions are an option, 34% are fine with them, and still 28% prefer full marriage equality for gay couples, for 62% in favor of some legal recognition of these relationships. Only 37% want no recognition of them. Support for marriage rights hardly falls off between the two-way and three-way questions, unlike in some states. 52% or 54% of Democrats support it either way. Most of the support for civil unions comes from those who want marriage itself to still be illegal. In total, 74% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and even 42% of Republicans want gay couples to have the rights married heterosexual couples do.