Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

Republicans are nearly split on the issue now, with 48 percent saying they oppose same-sex marriage, while 47 percent say they support.

The latest Pew survey was conducted June 8 to 18 among a national sample of 2,504 adults, it has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points in either direction for the full sample.

During the past two decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued three landmark rulings on the 26th of June that helped eliminate LGBT discrimination, affirm the dignity of same-sex couples and move our country toward a more flawless union.

FILE – In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, people gather in Washington’s Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors on the day the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage. Even among that group, however, support for same-sex marriage rights has grown, the survey showed.

In the aftermath of that ruling, there were some flare-ups of defiance. Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, ordered probate judges to stop issuing such licenses.

The Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank based at UCLA, reports that there are more than 547,000 same-sex couples that have married. Mississippi, for example, has passed a law – now the subject of litigation in federal court – that would let businesses and government workers deny some services to gay and lesbian couples. The court will hear a challenge from a Colorado baker who had lost lower-court battles over his refusal to create a wedding cake for a gay couple.

For the first time in the Pew Research Center’s polling, a majority of Republicans no longer oppose same-sex marriage. As recently as 2010, support was at 42 percent. However, baby boomers are slowly getting on board, too, with 56% of them now favoring same-sex marriage, while 39% are opposed.

Among white evangelicals, 35% support same-sex marriage rights, and 59% are opposed.

Three-quarters of Democrats and left-leaning Independents support same-sex marriage, while 19 percent oppose, according to the Pew study.

The generational divide on gay marriage just crossed another threshold as a new poll finds that majorities of Americans in every age bracket now support same-sex marriage except for the oldest, those in the Silent Generation.

Support grew for all four generations, and most for baby boomers, who increased their support from 45 percent in the last Pew survey taken in the spring of 2015. However, we are still far from full LGBTQ equality in the USA – 50 percent of same-sex couples across the country are still at risk of being fired from their jobs by noon and evicted from their home by 2 p.m., simply for posting their wedding photos on Facebook.