Marriage equality

Support for gay marriage has never been higher

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

A new poll by The Washington Post/ABC confirms what you probably already knew: support for same-sex marriages in the United States is at a record-high. Six out of 10 Americans support it, and about the same amount of people believe individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. 2015 is likely to be another historic year for the gay rights movement: next week, the Supreme Court will start hearing oral arguments on whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The top court is expected to rule on the matter some time in June, and a positive outcome might effectively legalize same-sex marriages nationwide. While the numbers have only increased marginally since polls taken last year, the results show a complete reversal from a decade ago when opponents outnumbered supporters 58 percent to 39 percent. Support for gay marriage has risen rapidly in recent years, across all demographic and political groups, driven by large support from younger generations. However, a majority of Republicans are still opposed to the idea, while the vast majority of Democrats and Independents are now supportive. Earlier this month, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton already announced that she believes same-sex marriage should be a Constitutional right.

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