In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ’Inevitable’

In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ’Inevitable’

As support for gay marriage continues to increase, nearly three-quarters of Americans – 72% – say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.” This includes 85% of gay marriage supporters, as well as 59% of its opponents.

In Gay Marriage Debate, Both Supporters and Opponents See Legal Recognition as ‘Inevitable’

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted e-sex marriage continues to grow: For the first time in Pew Research Center polling, just over half (51%) of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Yet the issue remains divisive, with 42% saying they oppose legalizing gay marriage. Opposition to gay marriage – and to societal acceptance of homosexuality more generally – is rooted in religious attitudes, such as the belief that engaging in homosexual behavior is a sin.

At the same time, more people today have gay or lesbian acquaintances, which is associated with acceptance of homosexuality and support for gay ericans (87%) personally know someone who is gay or lesbian (up from 61% in 1993). About half (49%) say a close family member or one of their closest friends is gay or lesbian.