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May 22, 2014

A new poll has found the highest level of support to date for the legalization of same-sex marriage with 55% now backing the reform – up from only 27% in 1996

Support for same-sex marriage has soared in America over 18 years according to a new poll by the Gallup research company.

Gallup only began polling Americans on their attitude to the issue in 1996 when just 27% of people said they were supporters.

However 18 years later Gallup has concluded that a clear majority of Americans now support reform on the issue with 55% saying they are in favor of same-sex couples being allowed to marry.

And that trend looks only to grow with Gallup finding 78% of American adults under 30 are supporters.

May 5, 2014

Like many other US southern states, support for gay marriage is more popular with people under 30

A recent poll shows voters in the southern US state of Arkansas prefer civil unions over gay marriage.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows 'only 27% of voters in the state support gay marriage' while 63% are opposed.

Residents in former President Bill Clinton's former home state do stand behind civil unions.

April 23, 2014

Gay rights activist says: ‘Oh look. The process of forgetting what all the fuss was about RE: same-sex marriage has begun'

Same-sex marriage is now a reality in England and Wales, and it appears the first legal unions a little less than a month ago has drastically changed people’s views.

A majority of Conservative and UKIP supporters, traditionally known as the ‘homophobic’ parties, are now in favor of same-sex marriage.

A study found 61% of Tories and 54% of UKIP supporters said they would agree same-sex couples deserve to have legal unions.

March 31, 2014

A new poll has found that Americans now view gays and lesbians in a more positive light than they do conservative Evangelical Christians

A new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality has found that gays and lesbians are now viewed more positively than Evangelical Christians by the US public.

The polling, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, found that 53% of Americans said they viewed gays and lesbians favorably – compared to only 42% of respondents who viewed Evangelical Christians favorably.

March 28, 2014

UK reflects on how legislation has become equal across the past four decades, generations have become more liberal

Around four in five British adults would love to go to a same-sex wedding, new research suggests.

As several gay couples across England and Wales are ready to become among the first in the UK to get married tomorrow (29 March), the new legislation is a sign how much people’s attitudes have improved.

Back in the 1980s, the majority of Britons believed homosexuality was ‘always’ wrong.

In the BBC Radio 5 live survey released today (28 March), it found one in five would turn down a wedding invite from a same-sex couple.

March 11, 2014

New Research by the non-partisan Pew Research Center has found a clear majority of US Republicans aged 18 to 29 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage

61% of Republicans aged under 30 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage according to new research released by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center published the results yesterday which also showed 43% of Republicans aged 30 to 49 to be supporters and 30% of those aged 50 to 64.

Support was lowest among Republicans aged over 65 where only 22% were supporters.

Overall 39% of Republican voters supported same-sex marriage.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

March 1, 2014

A poll released on Friday found a record majority of US citizens believe gay marriage should be legal, although 64% think each state should be able to decide for itself
 

A new poll published yesterday (28 February) has found strong support for gay marriage in America, with 56% of respondents believing it should be legalized.

A telephone poll of 1,644 US adults was commissioned by The New York Times and CBS News, to compile data on citizens’ beliefs on a wide range of political and economical issues including marriage equality, gun crime and immigration.

February 27, 2014

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of marriage equality, new research finds

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of same-sex couples having the civil right to marry, new research shows, in a blow to those who cite religion in opposing the reform.

83% of practicing Jewish Americans surveyed by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute told researchers they supported same-sex couples being allowed to get married – more even than religiously unaffiliated Americans.

February 26, 2014

Numbers of Americans supporting the idea have highly increased over the past decade, after it became possible for gay and lesbian couples to have a legal marriage

Support for gay marriage has shot up in the US with over half of Americans now in favor.

A survey by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute released today (26 February) shows some 53% of 4,509 Americans support same-sex weddings, compared to 32% in 2003.

The Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, meaning legally married gay couples were eligible for federal benefits and inspiring LGBTI rights activists to continue fighting for same-sex marriage across the country.

December 23, 2013

Federal judge opens the door to further challenges with his comments that the ban is unconstitutional

A week after gay marriage bans in New Mexico and Utah were struck down, a legal ruling in Ohio on Monday (23 December) may have paved the way for the end of a ban in that state as well.

Judge Timothy Black has ordered that gay marriages be recognized on Ohio death certificates. In his written opinion, he makes clear he believes the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional.

October 13, 2013

The $24 fine will be scrapped from 11 Nov; however, legalization of same-sex marriage still a distant dream

A new decree intended to address discrimination against the LGBT community in Vietnam comes into effect on 11 November, doing away with the current system of slapping fines of up to $24 on same-sex weddings.

However, while scrapping the symbolic punishment will boost gay rights in the communist country, it is still a long way from legalizing gay marriages, keeping gay couples in limbo.

Though the Vietnam government is tolerant of the gay rights movement and the annual gay parade is growing, legally, same-sex marriages are still banned.

October 13, 2013

Uptick in marriage support among US conservatives is mostly due to people born after 1980

While US Republicans and conservatives are still overwhelmingly opposed to gay marriage, views are starting to soften.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, over the past decade a growing minority of conservatives are starting to support marriage equality.

Today roughly three in ten of Republicans (29%) and political conservatives (30%) are gay marriage supporters.

August 29, 2013

In the Midwestern US state of Ohio, an overwhelming majority of voters approve of some form of legal recognition for LGBT couples

According to a recent poll, for the first time a small plurality of Ohio voters support marriage equality.

On 23 August Public Policy Polling released a survey of the Midwestern state showing that 48% favor same sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.

This slim plurality represents a major turnaround in two years.

August 22, 2013

According to new polling, 53% of people in Taiwan support same-sex couples being allowed to marry, with support far higher than that still among people under 30

A new opinion poll conducted in Taiwan has found broad support for LGBT equality, with a majority now saying they would support same-sex marriage.

The Social Change Survey, commissioned by a group of media companies, found 53% of the people polled wanted reform on the issue while only 37% were opposed.

This was compared to only 25% in 2003 when 55% were opposed.

Among respondents under 30 support was far higher, at 78%.

June 27, 2013

30% of US citizens now live in a place where gay marriage is legal, compared to 23% of Europeans

The average gay or lesbian American is now more likely to live in a place where they can marry than a European.

The death of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California and was struck down by the US Supreme Court yesterday (26 June), means a larger percentage of the gay US population is able to marry than in Europe.

Almost a third – 30% – of US residents now live in places where same-sex marriage is legal, compared to 23.1% of Europeans.

June 25, 2013

While four in ten support same-sex marriage in the United States, they are lagging behind the UK, France and other Western countries

As the US waits at the edge of their seats for the Supreme Court to make a decision on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, it is being revealed today most Western countries now support same-sex marriage.

If the Supreme Court was basing their opinions on the polls, they would discover only four in 10 people supported full equality for gay couples, but another 23% backed some form of legal recognition.

June 19, 2013

Ipsos poll finds that 52% of over 12,000 questioned support gay marriage, 60% support gay couples adoption rights and 64% said gay couples are just as likely as straight couples to be good parents

A new poll of adults in 16 developed countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific found that most are in favor of gay marriage (52%) and of gay couples adopting children (60%).

The survey of 12,484 adults by leading research company Ipsos for Reuters found that only 14% objected to gay marriage or any kind of legal recognition for gay couples.

A majority - 60% - said they thought gay couples should be allowed to adopt children and 64% said gay couples are just as likely as straight couples to raise children well.

June 11, 2013

Polls shows change in attitudes - especially among seniors - since voters passed Proposition 8

If the US Supreme Court this month clears the way for gay marriages to resume in California, same-sex couples will find they have a lot more support now for their nuptials.

It was in November 2008 that 52% of voters in the state voted to ban gay marriage in the state by passing Propsition 8 which is currently being challenged in the nation's high court.

June 7, 2013

Poll says that of those in favor, 61% want national law rather than a state-by-state approach

As decisions by the US Supreme Court on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act are awaited, public support for gay marriage is solid, according to a Bloomberg National Poll released Thursday (6 June).

Just over 1,000 people were polled and 52% said they are in favor of giving same-sex couples the right to get married while 41% said they oppose the idea.

June 7, 2013

But 45% in Pew Research Poll still think engaging in homosexual behavior is a sin

Many of them may not support it themselves, but 72% of Americans see gay marriage as inevitable in the US, according to an extensive poll released this week by the Pew Research Center.

Large majorities across most demographic groups in the US feel this way including Protestants, Catholics, college grads, high school drop-outs, old, young, middle-aged, black, white, Hispanic and from all parts of the country.

June 5, 2013

New poll shows acceptance has gone up by 25% in last 12 years

Older Americans are becoming increasingly accepting of same-sex relationships, according to a new poll released this week.

A Gallup study revealed that - for the first time - a majority of those age 55 and older (51%) are now accepting - an increase of 25% since 2001.

It also means a majority of American adults across all age groups approve of gay relationships with 18-34 year olds at 74% and 35-54 year olds at 54%.

May 16, 2013

Nearly same percentage voted to pass anti-gay marriage amendment in 2006

It was just seven years ago that 57% of Virginia voters passed an amendment to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

But a new Washington Post poll released Wednesday (15 May) shows how much things have changed in the state: 56% of those polled are in favor of marriage equality.

The percentage of registered voters opposed was 33% while 10% had no opinion.

May 16, 2013

Current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in 1996

Support for gay marriage among Americans seems to be solidifying above the 50% level, according to a poll released today by Gallup.

The latest poll shows that 53% say the law should recognize same-sex marriages. This marks the third consecutive reading of 50% or above in Gallup polling over the past year.