Gay Issues

59 Percent Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage, Poll Shows

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Support for same-sex marriage in America is at an all-time high, according to a new poll.

A record 59 percent of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, and 50 percent believe the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection gives same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll.

About a third of Americans, 34 percent, oppose gay marriage.

The numbers are the reverse of those taken 10 years ago. In March 2004, 59 percent opposed gay marriage while 38 percent supported it, Politico reported.

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There is also greater support for allowing gays to adopt children – 61 percent said they support gay adoption, up from 49 percent in 2006.

The new poll was taken after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

In the 33 states that prohibit gay marriage, 53 percent of those polled said they supported gay marriage, while 40 percent opposed.

Respondents showed the greatest unity when it came to laws allowing businesses to refuse service to homosexuals due their religious beliefs. Seven in 10 people said businesses shouldn’t be allowed to deny service.

Sources: Politico, Washington Post