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Support for Same-Sex Marriage Is Surging Among Republicans

Support for Same-Sex Marriage Is Surging Among Republicans Support for Same-Sex Marriage Is Surging Among Republicans
Stacy Diaz | 01 July, 2017, 03:47

Sixty-two percent of Americans favor gay marriage, while 32 percent oppose it, a new Pew Research poll revealed.

In recent years, a number of groups that have traditionally been against same-sex marriage have shifted their perspectives. But it's the first time more than half of the Boomer generation has expressed support for same-sex marriage.

Support for same-sex marriage has soared to records levels in the USA with all religious groups showing a rise in approval for gay relationships. Last year, opinion among Boomers was divided (46% favored/48% opposed). This represents a 47-point swing in the span of just ten years. Just two weeks ago, the head of the diocese of Springfield, Illinois - Bishop Thomas Paprocki - issued a decree stipulating that gays and lesbians in same-sex marriages should not be provided with communion or Catholic funeral services.

By a margin of almost 2-to-1, more Americans say they support the right of gays and lesbians to marry than express opposition, according to numbers released by the public polling institution.

This is up from 29 percent in March 2016. Among the Silent generation (those ages 72 to 89), 49% oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry, while 41% favor this. In 2007, 54% of the public opposed it and 37% supported it, Pew said. Splits occurred but were less pronounced among racial and ethnic boundaries, and among education levels, with all racial, ethnic, and education level groups now showing majorities supporting gay marriage. Six-in-ten or more whites (64%) and Hispanics (60%) say they favor allowing same-sex couples to be married legally. Support for same-sex marriage was markedly higher, 85 percent, among Americans with no religious affiliation.

The poll comes as a Supreme Court case brings the issue of same-sex marriage back to the top of the political agenda.

The survey was released on the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling guaranteeing marriage equality rights for same sex couples. But older white evangelicals have not budged in their overwhelming majority opposition to same-sex marriage.

Support for same-sex marriage has risen across all religious groups in recent years, including among white evangelicals and black Protestants. Support is only 35 percent among white evangelical Protestants, while it is 67 percent among Roman Catholics. The latest polling suggests that Trump was merely reflecting the shifting views of his party.