This article analyzes the evolution of gay and lesbian rights and same-sex marriage in American public opinion. It describes how Obergefell v. Hodges, state-level decisions and the public opinion trends can be considered as the outcome of a grassroots coordinated campaign which began more than a decade ago and was able to conquer the majority of Americans.
Americans remain widely supportive of broad nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people. Younger Americans are likelier than older Americans to say they support laws protecting LGBT people from various forms of discrimination. However, while support among Democrats and independents has remained mostly constant, Republican support for these provisions has fallen five percentage points over the past few years.
Democrats appear ready to embrace same-sex marriage as part of their party platform, a policy shift that reflects an expanded acceptance of gay rights in mainstream politics. The move would place the party in line with the beliefs of President Obamawho in May became the first sitting president to declare that gay men and lesbians should be able to marry. Democratic Party officials had squabbled over the issue in the past.
Support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown over the past 15 years. And today, support for same-sex marriage remains near its highest point since Pew Research Center began polling on this issue. Among people who are religiously unaffiliated, a solid majority have supported same-sex marriage since
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has shifted rapidly since the s, with support constantly rising while opposition has consistently fallen. Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has changed radically since polling of the American people regarding the issue were first conducted in Continual polling by Gallup over the course of more than two decades has shown that support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly, while opposition has simultaneously collapsed.
Polling and Analysis. Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. Independent support for gay marriage has grown substantially since
The presidential election is already shaping up to make history for its diverse pool of candidates. But it will also make history as the first election to hold a debate focused entirely on LGBTQ issues. Along with the important topic of discriminationthe candidates will debate bullying, transgender rights, and even hate crimes.
Same-sex marriage is becoming increasingly important in America. The up-and-coming voters put a good deal of weight on the issue, making it a topic that could make or break elections in the coming years. Democratic views on gay marriage support full equality under the law for same-sex couples. Democrats believe that gay marriage should be left a state issue, and that religious entities should be allowed to make decisions about marriage as a religious sacrament on their own.
These data are from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May The latest figure marks the continuation of a trend that finds support for same-sex marriage remains more than twice as high as it was when Gallup first polled on the question in At that time, just over a quarter of Americans said it should be legal.