Support for same-sex marriage has grown steadily since Supreme Court ruling

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The days of the Republican Party championing traditional marriage - and all that entails - might be coming to an end sooner than you think. In a recent Pew Research survey, a record high of 47% of Republicans favor the legalization of same-sex marriage whereas only 48% oppose it.

According to a Gallup poll conducted over the past year, 10.2% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) adults are married to a spouse of the same sex two years after state bans fell. For the very first time ever, the majority of baby boomers support same-sex marriage.

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The study shows that by a margin of almost two-to-one (62% to 32%), more Americans now say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry than say they are opposed to it. Two years ago, the Court ruled on June 26, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, putting the United States on the right side of history and ending marriage discrimination once and for all.

Support grew for all four generations, and most for baby boomers, who increased their support from 45 percent in the last Pew survey taken in the spring of 2015. Protestants were less likely than the nation as a whole to support same-sex marriage, at 48 percent; Catholics were somewhat more likely than the overall figure of 62 percent in favor, at 67 percent. Support for same-sex marriage was markedly higher, 85 percent, among Americans with no religious affiliation. The new study says nearly half of Evangelicals born after 1964 support allowing gay marriage; that is up from 29 percent in March 2016. There is no federal law explicitly protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, and other important areas, and 31 states still lack fully-inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. While the traditional gift is cotton, the study is an apt way to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's 2015 landmark decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same sex marriage.

"Gallup estimates that 61% of same-sex, cohabiting couples in the US are now married, up from 38% before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, and 49% one year ago", pollsters wrote in reporting their findings. A county clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Democrats have supported same-sex marriage since at least 2007, and now the support is overwhelming, with 76 percent saying yes, and 19 percent saying no. 51 percent of Blacks now support marriage equality, a huge jump of 12 points in two years.

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