With the passage of marriage equality in Minnesota this week, the momentum towards marriage equality continues across America. The Gopher State is the first middle America state to pass marriage equality since Iowa was court mandated. Let's hope that Illinois joins the list of the honored states soon.
Gallup has released it latest nationwide poll and it shows that marriage equality has now solidified its position nationally as being supported by a clear majority of Americans. In 1996, when Gallup first tested the issue only 27% of the American people supported marriage equality. This means a change of 26% in just over fifteen years. (see table below for comparison!)
The latest poll shows:
For Marriage Equality: 53%
Against Marriage Equality: 45%
Gallup reports on the poll:
Gallup's May 2-7 poll suggests Americans' support for gay marriage is solidifying above the majority level. Recently, Rhode Island and Delaware legalized same-sex marriage, and Minnesota is likely to follow suit. That would bring the total number of states legally recognizing same-sex marriage to 12.
Just three years ago, support for gay marriage was 44%. The current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in Gallup's initial measurement on gay marriage, in 1996.
Nearly all U.S. subgroups are more likely to favor gay marriage now than in the past. Politically, Democrats, independents, and liberals all show increasing support for gay marriage over time, with each well above the majority level now. Republicans, conservatives, and moderates are more likely to favor gay marriage now than in 1996, but the increase in support among these groups may have stalled. Thus, most of the increase in the percentage favoring legal gay marriage in the last three years has come among left-leaning groups politically
Check out the comparisons between 1996 and 2013 below!