Support for same-sex marriage is growing — even among groups traditionally opposed to it — according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The report, based on a survey conducted earlier this month, suggests public opinion is shifting quickly, two years after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. What was once an oddity or an anomily is now seen a positive and normal way of life. They now can legally marry and seek the same remedies as all heterosexual couples do in family law court.
The Pew research did a brief outline of what they saw was an important trend among political figures in our country and how they view the same sex couple now verse in the past.
1. Republicans are now split
As recently as 2013, Republicans opposed same-sex marriage nearly two-to-one. They’re now virtually split. The survey found that 47 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents favor allowing same-sex marriage, with 48 percent opposed.
2. Older Americans are more favorable now
The survey also found that a 56% of baby boomers agree with same sex marriage. Whereas the new young it crowd is 74 percent in favor of same sex marriage. But it’s the first time more than half of the Boomer generation has expressed support for same-sex marriage. Boomers are still much more favorable than their parents; only 41 percent of the Silent Generation favored same-sex marriage.
3. Among White evangelicals, there’s a generational divide
59 percent of white evangelical Protestants still oppose same-sex marriage.
5. Religion matters
Overall, weekly attenders of any type of religious service were less likely to support same-sex marriage, at just 39 percent compared with 75 percent of those who attend less than weekly. 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.
6. Gender, income, and education also make a difference
Overall, women were somewhat more likely than men to support same-sex marriage (64 vs. 60 percent, respectively). Support for same-sex marriage also increased with more income and a higher level of education. For people with a post-graduate education, 79 percent approved compared with 53 percent of people with a high school education or less.
The growth in public support for same-sex marriage comes at a time when the issue is still a matter of public debate and litigation. On Monday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2015 ruling recognizing the right to same-sex marriage, and said that states should give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to issuing birth certificates. The Court also agreed to take a case about whether a cake shop owner near Denver should be allowed to refuse to create wedding cakes for gay and lesbian couples because of his religiously based opposition to same-sex marriage.