Identical or similar majorities favor gay marriage on two key issues before the court: Sixty-one percent oppose allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriages. And 62 percent support requiring states to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. As recently as June , just 36 percent of Americans said it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry.
Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality
On gay marriage, change in public opinion has been big, and rapid - Los Angeles Times
Nationally, 1 in 7 American adults said in a recent Pew Research Center survey that they had changed their minds about same-sex marriage. Nearly all had gone from opposing legal marriage for same-sex couples to supporting it. Having a friend or family member who is gay was the most common reason for having switched positions, the poll found. Another national poll, by the Washington Post and ABC News, found that support for gay marriage is now at an all-time high nationwide. Gay marriage through the years.
Support for Gay Marriage Reaches Record High (POLL)
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States is significantly supportive, with a majority of Americans being in favor of same-sex marriage. Today, support for gay marriage is in the low 70s. Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has changed radically since polling of the American people regarding the issue was first conducted in Continual polling by Gallup over the course of more than two decades has shown that support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly, while opposition has simultaneously collapsed. While this is a drop when compared to , same sex marriage approval still remains stable.
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