Wide majority of Americans continue to oppose gay marriage

Dovetailing on Thursday’s blog about fraction and division amongst Protestant clergy in regard to gay marriage, there may be a more clear-cut division in the public at large.

A Gallup poll released yesterday showed that Americans on the whole – without taking religious backgrounds into account – reject gay marriage by a wide 57-40 margin. What is most striking is how that margin is essentially the same as it has been for the past five years.

My mild surprise comes that there wasn’t greater trending one way or other with gay marriage so heavily having been in the news since the Prop 8 fight last year and continuing with court and legislative moves this year.

Change may be coming, though, if young Americans’ opinions are maintained as they aged. People aged 18-29 favor gay marriage by a wide 59-37 margin. After age 30, those numbers become reversed and approval declines steadily with age.

The survey also discusses other gay rights issues, including a sea change now in favor of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the U.S. military.


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