58% of Americans want gay marriage

58% of Americans want gay marriage March 20, 2013

A large and growing majority of Americans–58%–now support gay marriage, according to a new poll.  What are we to make of that?  Where does that leave conservative Christians who believe that marriage is not just a social construction that can be changed at will?  Are they (we) destined to be on the margins of society?

From the Washington Post:

Support for same-sex marriage among Americans has jumped significantly in the past year to an all-time high of 58 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

That number reflects a remarkable — and remarkably fast — turnabout in American public opinion on one of the most emotionally raw and politically divisive issues of the past decade. As recently as 2010, opponents of same-sex marriage outnumbered supporters. As recently as 2006, they outnumbered them by a double-digit margin, 58 percent to 36 percent.

Seven years later, that picture has turned upside down.

The change is apparent across the board, with Americans of all political stripes and age groups becoming increasingly supportive of gay marriage. Fully 81 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 support such unions, and although support dips to 44 percent among those 65 and older, both of those figures are highs.

Most Republicans continue to oppose same-sex marriage, but among Americans younger than 50, a slim majority of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now support it.

via Support for same-sex marriage reaches all-time high, poll finds – The Washington Post.

For the full poll results, go here.

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