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All time high: 70% of Americans now support same-sex marriage

All time high: 70% of Americans now support same-sex marriage

  • Meanwhile more than eight in 10 support anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing and public accommodations.
A couple marrying in San Francisco in 2008.

Support for marriage equality in the US is now at an all-time high, with 70% of Americans backing the right of same-sex couples to wed.

Meanwhile 83% of the American public support laws protecting LGBT+ people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Just 16% are against such laws.

That’s according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. It also foud just 28% of respondents oppose same-sex marriage.

Moreover, marriage equality now has support from 50% of Republicans. However, support is even greater among Democrats (80%) and independents (76%).

Likewise, most people of faith are also supportive. The highest figure is among white Protestants (79%), closely followed by Hispanic Roman Catholics (78%) and religious non-Christians (7%).

There is also strong support among Hispanic Protestants (68%), white Catholics (67%), Black Protestants (57 percent) and other Christian denominations (56%).

But even that is dwarfed by Americans who are not religious. They were the most supportive group with nine in 10 backing same-sex marriage.

The only demonination not in favor of same-sex weddings were white evangelicals. 63% of them disapproved, compared to 34% agreeing. That’s significantly lower than in 2019 when 41% of white evangelicals supported marriage equality.

‘Marriage equality won’t be on the table’

In general, polling has shown a fairly rapid increase in support for LGBT+ marriage rights.

National support rose above 50% for the first time in 2011. And in 2015, the year the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality, it rose to 60% for the first time. It has not gone below that mark since then.

US Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has warned same-sex marriage is at risk if Donald Trump’s choice of Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court.

However, William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, which supported the research, suggested a future Trump administration or Supreme Court would be foolish to challenge marriage equality.

He told NBC: ‘My hunch is if there’s a second Trump administration, the issue of marriage equality won’t be on the table.’

And he predicted if Supreme Court justices overturned their previous judgement, ‘you’re going to have people questioning the legitimacy of the court’.