Most Americans Now Favor Gay Marriage

Polling organization Gallup reports:

For the first time in Gallup’s tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans’ views did not change.

Source: Gallup

Source: Gallup

These results are based on Gallup’s May 5-8 Values and Beliefs poll, which has tracked attitudes toward legalizing same-sex marriage each year since 2004, adding to Gallup’s initial polling on the topic in 1996 and 1999.

This year’s nine-percentage-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period. Two-thirds of Americans were opposed to legalized same-sex marriage in 1996, with 27% in favor. By 2004, support had risen to 42% and, despite some fluctuations from year to year, stayed at roughly that level through last year…

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  • http://twitter.com/swadeshine Wade A. Inganamort

    Odd linguistics here. I bet “most Americans” would favor straight marriage, if given a choice. Should read “Most Americans Favor *Allowing* Gay Marriage”. Just sayin’.

  • http://twitter.com/swadeshine Wade A. Inganamort

    Odd linguistics here. I bet “most Americans” would favor straight marriage, if given a choice. Should read “Most Americans Favor *Allowing* Gay Marriage”. Just sayin’.

  • http://newdruidexpress.blogspot.com Symbollocks The Druid

    Yeah, the numbers tell it all:  About 50% of traditional marriages end in divorce–which suggests that the actual rate of “successful” marriages may be somewhere around 10%–the same % of the population that is supposedly gay.  Coincidence?  Maybe.
     
    But I would argue that gays are approaching this problem the wrong way about all together–the answer should be to destroy marriage of ANY description–not further add to them.  Marriage is a barbaric practice that originated as a title confirmation over a woman’s labor and property, and as such is totally obsolete in an era when hedge funds own a controlling interest in everyone’s *ss anyhow.
     

  • http://newdruidexpress.blogspot.com Symbollocks The Druid

    Yeah, the numbers tell it all:  About 50% of traditional marriages end in divorce–which suggests that the actual rate of “successful” marriages may be somewhere around 10%–the same % of the population that is supposedly gay.  Coincidence?  Maybe.
     
    But I would argue that gays are approaching this problem the wrong way about all together–the answer should be to destroy marriage of ANY description–not further add to them.  Marriage is a barbaric practice that originated as a title confirmation over a woman’s labor and property, and as such is totally obsolete in an era when hedge funds own a controlling interest in everyone’s *ss anyhow.
     

  • Normal

    How is 53% most Americans? B.S.

    • Curtis

       shit hit like instead of reply. 53% may be a slim majority, but it’s still a majority

  • Normal

    How is 53% most Americans? B.S.

  • Curtis

     shit hit like instead of reply. 53% may be a slim majority, but it’s still a majority

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