Number of People in the U.S. Who Support Same-Sex Marriage (06.17.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about same-sex marriage. With it being “pride month,” I figured we ought to take at least one episode on the podcast to talk about something related to that. Last week Gallup came out with new statistics regarding the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage. In what should be no surprise to anyone, the percentage of people in our society who support same-sex marriage continues to increase. There are some lessons in this that we need to consider that go beyond simply what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. We’re going to consider some of these lessons today.

Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage

“U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.”

“Today’s 70% support for same-sex marriage marks a new milestone in a trend that has pointed upward for a quarter of a century. A small minority of Americans (27%) supported legal recognition of gay and lesbian marriages in 1996, when Gallup first asked the question. But support rose steadily over time, eventually reaching the majority level for the first time in 2011.

“By the time of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015, support for gay marriage had reached 60%. Since then, the issue has been less prominent in U.S. politics, and public support for same-sex marriage has continued to increase.”

“Republicans, who have consistently been the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support in 2021 for the first time (55%). The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views.”

“As would be expected at a high-water mark in national support for same-sex marriage, all age groups are the most supportive they have been to date. Still, age differences remain, with 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults saying they favor same-sex marriage.” (Gallup)

U.S. Support for Same-Sex Marriage (1996-2021), Gallup

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