Poll: Over Sixty Percent Of Americans Support Gay Marriage

Wedding_cake_with_pillar_supports,_2009There is good news for those of us who support same-sex marriage (as well as an indication in the remarkable turnaround in public attitude in a relatively short time). According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 6 out of 10 Americans now support same-sex marriage and believe that states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. That is a record showing for same-sex marriage.

The poll was clearly timed for oral arguments next week on whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. I believe that there is likely a fifth vote with Justice Anthony Kennedy to support a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Indeed, it will be interesting to watch Chief Justice John Roberts on this issue. Roberts has shown a strong institutional sensitivity and many be the most likely of the remaining justices to feel the pull of history on the issue.

Not surprisingly, the greatest gains have been seen in those under age 30 where support has grown since 2005 from 57 percent to 78 percent. However, even among the historically least supportive group (those 65 and over) support is now at 46 percent (from just 18 percent).

Republicans still oppose at a rate of 6 to 10, however. This creates an interesting dynamic for the Republican primary where some candidates have already shown movement toward greater acceptance. The trend appears in that direction. Moreover, GOP candidates face the classic dilemma of fighting to secure the nomination from the most conservative members of the party while being able to run nationally to appeal to independents and democrats. The social agenda of conservative Republicans has never appealed to as much to independents and libertarians in the general election.

Source: Washington Post

325 thoughts on “Poll: Over Sixty Percent Of Americans Support Gay Marriage”

  1. Ethics and truth are not determined by polls. Most religions… are on balance …. anti-life. Quoting from some religious text … is an embarrassing thing for me to observe. Obey the Emerald Rule #EmeraldRule Be nice …. not mean

  2. Religious zealots – the day when both male and females are virgins on wedding day, the day divorces are illegal, and when children are born out of wedlock, and when you go to church on regular basis then you can take away marriage rights away from all. Hypocracy. Do not forget as property women need to be two steps behind men. People evolve, grow, learn, apparently a few are still ignorant. Freedom to attend your choice of religion, freedom to enjoy your right of free speech is what created this nation under God, Jehovah, Alah or which name you prefer. My family immigrated after being pursued by Nazi police attempting to murder them for their beliefs and whom they were. They chose to immigrate into this nation, our nation, to have a choice of leadership and ability to vote, they were Jehle-Romanov family. I am glad to see our nation as a nation under Jehovah/God. Jehovah is a loving God, Jehovah is a God of learning he taught to not judge, to not hate, to not kill, to not steal, to not covet. Before laws of man laws of God were first, then came Kings law, then came Provincial law, now we have Law set by our leaders of our Supreme Court. I served U.S. military until I was retired, I was never permitted to marry the person of my choice untilI I was 46. My first and only marriage – until death do us part. My choices are mine not yours to dictate.

  3. Either the polling is defective or the people are defective.

    The “leadership” is defective.

    America will not obtain a good outcome either way.

    A nation moves into madness.

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.

  4. Now, what limits are placed upon spreading political speech in churches?
    This Sunday, many evangelical churches will be showing a political movie, or as Huckabee hate’splains, “this isn’t about ‘politics’… it’s about ‘values’.”

    You can define any political event as something else or as Shakespeare put it, “A rose, by any other name…” however it still smells. They can but the DVD for $20 too! Cool, who keeps those prophets? Ceasar???

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