Breaking: American Approval Of Same-Sex Marriage Breaks All-Time Record


Less than one week before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in four same-sex marriage cases, approval reaches an all-time high.

American attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed at lightening speed. Just a decade ago, more than six in ten Americans opposed the right of same-sex couples to marry. Those numbers have now flipped.

Today, ABC News/Washington Post have released their latest poll, showing 61 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, and 35 percent do not.


The poll also reveals strong opposition to allowing states to ban marriage from same-sex couples (61% also) and about the same number (62%) believing states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

The pollsters call it "a dramatic, decade-long evolution in public attitudes on gay marriage - one of the most remarkable re-evaluations of views on a basic social issue in more than 30 years of ABC/Post polling."

The poll also finds a stunning 78 percent of adults 18-29 support marriage equality, as do 60 percent of those 30-64.

76 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Liberals, 66 percent of Independents, and 69 percent of Moderates do as well.

In fact, the only groups that do not show a majority of support for same-sex marriage are Republicans (34%), and Conservatives (39%).

Of course, the timing could not be better, with the Supreme Court set to hear four same-sex marriage cases on Tuesday, April 28.


Image by Bart Vis via Flickr and a CC license


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