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Same-Sex Marriage Support Hits Historic High After Supreme Court Ruling

by David Badash on July 2, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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A poll taken in the days immediately after the Supreme Court’s decision striking down DOMA finds the largest majority ever of Americans support same-sex marriage. The USA TODAY poll taken from Thursday through Sunday finds 55 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, and only 40 percent oppose it.

“The only major demographic groups in which a majority oppose same-sex marriage are Republicans (68%) and seniors 65 and older (51%). Even in the South, which continues to be the only region that doesn’t show majority support for gay marriage, opposition has slipped below 50%,” USA Today reports.

The poll also looked at the court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, which it essentially neutered.

“By 49%-40%,” USA Today notes, “those surveyed oppose the decision by the court to strike down the provision in the Voting Rights Act that required some states, mostly in the South, to get federal approval to change election laws. Two-thirds of African Americans oppose the decision.”

Meanwhile, Pew Research finds that only 45 percent of Americans agree with the Court’s decision on marriage, with 40 percent disapproving. That disapproval could mean they think the Court went too far — or not far enough.

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