Most Americans now support gay marriage
An ABC/Washington Post poll says — rather surprisingly — that 53% of Americans support the legalization of same sex marriage. Not just civil unions, actual marriage.
In 2004, when the Bush campaign drummed up a bit of national revulsion at the very thought of dudes kidding, only 32% of Americans polled supported marriage equality.
As you probably guessed, there is a vast age divide. Young people are fine with marriage equality and old people are still grossed out. Often strongly grossed out.
Republicans, conservatives and white evangelical Christians remain the groups most opposed to legalizing gay marriage.
The survey also shows a shift in how intensely people feel on this issue. In the past, the number of Americans who felt strongly that gay marriage should be banned far outnumbered those who were passionate in their belief that it should be legal. That has balanced out, with 35 percent strongly against legal gay marriage and 36 percent strongly in favor.
“This is very consistent with a lot of other polling data we’ve seen and the general momentum we’ve seen over the past year and a half,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a leading pro-gay-marriage group. “As people have come to understand this is about loving, committed families dealing, like everyone, with tough times, they understand how unfair it is to treat them differently.”