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Support for legalization of gay marriage in US reaches all-time high

Support for legalization of gay marriage in US reaches all-time high

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

It is also a stark contrast from the first year of the same poll in 1996 when only 27% of Americans were in favor of gay marriage and 68% were against it.

Support for same-sex marriage did not reach a majority until 2011 when 53% of respondents were in favor.

Breaking down the results in political parties: 76% of the Democrats polled were in support, 37% of the Republicans and 64% of Independents.

The poll also showed that those over 65 and over are now the only age group that still has a majority against marriage equality.

The random sample of 1,024 adults in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia was conducted earlier this month.

The results come as the US Supreme Court is set to rule on challenges to marriage bans in four states that is expected to decide the issue for the nation.