U.S.: Support For Marriage Equality Reaches All Time High
Now more than ever, those who fight the equal rights of same-sex couples are having a lot of trouble convincing the rest of the American population to side with bigotry.
A little over a month ahead of an expected decision from the Supreme Court on national marriage equality in the United States arrives a new poll from Gallup covering the issue. Support for full marriage equality has reached a whopping 60 percent, according to the just-released survey.
Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes -- with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. [...]
The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.
National support for marriage equality has been fairly steady in its upward climb, and is more than double what it was in 1996 when Gallup first polled on the issue. A clear majority of Americans now support the issue. The increase among Americans -- an increase seen in all major political parties -- comes in the midst of a string of legal victories ruling in favor of same-sex couples seeking to be treated equally under the law. [...]
While there has been uneven growth in support among Republicans versus Democrats, both groups have become more supportive. The remaining broad partisan divide, however, underscores how contentious the issue will continue to be as the 2016 election process unfolds.
Will SCOTUS side with the majority of Americans? We'll soon find out, as their decision is expected to be handed down in late June.