Most Americans Now Believe That Gay Marriage Is 'Inevitable'
As LGBT Americans await the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, nearly three quarters of Americans (72%) believe the legalization of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center.
This includes the opinions of both 85% of supporters and 59% of those who oppose marriage equality.
The national survey was conducted May 1-5 among 1,504 people and found for the first time in the history of Pew Research polling that over half of Americans (51%) believe same-sex marriage should be legal.
However, Pew researchers note the issue is still a divisive one. Some 42% of those polled said they opposed marriage equality, and 45% believe homosexual acts are sinful, while an equal number does not.
Nevertheless, the new poll highlights a positive shift in public attitudes toward LGBT people over the past decade in several areas, including the fact that 60% of Americans now say homosexuality should be accepted rather than condemned, as compared to 31% in a 2003 poll.
See the full report of the Pew Research Center’s poll at PewResearch.org.