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Where Do You Stand on Gay Marriage?

March 30, 2014
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marriage equalityThe polls say it mostly depends on your age.  For all Americans, more than half (55 percent) support marriage between two people of the same gender.

An expert said this level of acceptance could not be imagined a few years ago. There is no information about opinions ten years ago. The question was not asked.

The biggest reason people give for being comfortable with gay marriage (marriage equality) is knowing a gay person. More family, friends and co-workers are saying they are gay (or lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender).

Who opposes gay marriage?

Most people who oppose marriage equality are over 65 years of age. About 55 percent of this age group oppose the idea. Among those over 50 years of age, opposition is expressed by 75 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of conservatives and 81 percent of evangelicals.

Among those 18 to 29 years of age, opposition is expressed by 58 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of conservatives and 55 percent of evangelicals.

Support for marriage equality is still wanting in both age groups among Republicans, conservatives and evangelicals.

Who approves of gay marriage?

Seventy-five percent of younger people between ages 18 to 29 support marriage equality. The majority of Democrats, progressives and non-evangelicals express support for gay marriage.

Some have argued that marriage has traditionally been a matter of state law. However, the Supreme Court overruled state law when it approved Roe v. Wade (the ruling that declared abortion protected by the U.S Constitution).

Supporters of marriage equality are pursuing litigation and legislation to end restrictions on same sex marriage. The goal is to bring the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor                                                                                                                                                 March 27, 2014

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