Most Americans Support Gay Marriage

Gallup poll is latest to cross the 50% mark
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
In this 2008 photo, Eric Manriquez, left, and Juan Rivera show off their wedding rings in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – A slim majority of Americans (53%) backs the idea of gay marriage, according to a new Gallup poll. It's the first time Gallup has seen a majority, with the percentage in favor up 9 points in a year. The surge comes from Democrats (from 56% to 69%) and independents (49% to 59%). Republicans held steady with only 28% in favor. Statistical fluke? It looks unlikely considering that polls from ABC/Washington Post, CNN, and the Public Religion Research Institute all recently reported crossing the 50% mark, too.

"At the moment, those advocating changes in constitutions and laws to allow same-sex marriage in additional states can take heart in the apparent shift in national sentiment in their direction," concludes Gallup. Unless, of course, you're up against this guy in New York state.

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