GALLUP: Support For Marriage Equality Hits New High

Gallup reports:

Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid. Although not meaningfully different from the 61% last year, this is the highest percentage to date and continues the generally steady rise since Gallup’s trend began in 1996. The latest update, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted May 3-7, comes nearly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that states could not prohibit same-sex marriage.

Americans’ support for same-sex marriage has more than doubled since Gallup first polled on the issue in 1996, when 27% said it should be recognized as valid by the law. In 2004 — weeks before gay weddings took place in Massachusetts after it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage — less than half of Americans (42%) felt such unions should be legally valid.

Majority support for gay marriage would not come until May 2011, about a month before New York became the sixth state to legalize it. Since then, support for legal same-sex marriage has steadily climbed, with consistent majorities in favor of it since late 2012.

  • Paula Key

    The more the right wing Evangelists come out with hatred and injustice, the more people are recognizing their lies and heads that are dug in a book that offers advice to people 3,500 years ago.

    • Karl Dubhe

      2,600 years. And the stories from the books in the bible are all sourced in earlier stories. Just like today’s fiction borrows from earlier fiction, so too did the bible.

  • DaddyRay

    We already know there is a base of around 25% of Americans who are fascist right wing nut jobs – the remaining 11% are probably hoping they can contest the wills of their gay family members and cash in after they die

    • Silver Badger

      And boy do they. I remember one instance in Colorado where the family cleared out on couple’s home during the funeral, making the surviving spouse prove his ownership of his possessions in court.

      • DaddyRay

        I have seen that happen twice

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        A friend in a long term relationship was thrown out of the shared apartment, all the possessions that they had bought together taken and even the partner’s body taken by the parents. The surviving partner was not told where the funeral or burial was.

        And do I have to mention, this was a family that cut off communications when there son came out and had nothing to do with him until he was dying / dead?

        Its not the only story I could tell.

        • Silver Badger

          Most of us surviving the worst of the early AIDS years have many such stories.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Many. And we shouldn’t be shy about sharing them, to insure history is not lost and to help educate the newest generations.

          • Todd20036

            There’s a reason I made certain my partner was not mentioned in my will…. but he is the beneficiary of my government pension.

            Oh how my parents hounded me for that. I verbally shoved my fists up their asses and told them to STFU.

            You see, the beneficiary forms supersede any will, and there’s nothing my parents nor my sisters can do about it.

            And after they threatened to cut me out of their own will, I dared them to do so.. I would cast my entire family out of my life if they did so.

            They backed down, but I was not bluffing. That’s what it can come down to, and why I waited until I was financially independent of them before outing my self.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Were you married? A dear friend had stage 4 breast cancer and she was worried about surviving (she did, been 5 year – yea!). She offered to marry me so she would have someone to leave her pension to. She is a government worker also (Post Office) and told me her pensions could only go to a spouse or children?

            And good for you for standing up to family and how sad that you had to.

          • Randy503

            Regarding beneficiaries of insurance policies — it doesn’t matter if you are married or not. You could make a stranger a beneficiary. That supersedes anything else.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Agreed. We were talking about government pensions, which I believe are more limited in who can be the beneficiary.

          • Gene

            it speaks well of you that, of all the humans she could have picked to offer to do that…she choose you.

            Says a lot.

            ( lets face it foiks…most of us post and read here because the % of jerks/asshats here is WAAAYYY lower than on most other sites…we may not all see eye to eye all the time, but I have been realizing that this place is an island of sanity in an insane internet world as of late)

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Thank you, but your parenthetical comment is 1,000 upvotes worthy. JMG is blessed to have a treasure trove of wonderful commentators, smart, funny, kind and generous. There are very few sites where I will bother to read comments after an article,

          • Todd20036

            We aren’t married, but we don’t have to be. You don’t have to be married to designate someone your beneficiary.

            The federal pension plan (FERS) is actually very good about that.

            The postal pension could be different than mine is, I’m not sure.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Thank you Todd. I can only go on what the friend told me. There are other things this person has done as far as estate planning are phenomenally generous and I’m not looking for gain from her passing (hey, I could go first), but I will share this with her, so she realizes she is not restricted in how she can gift the benefit to others.

          • Ninja0980

            Indeed, especially since that is the reason many folks in the LGBT community started pushing for marriage equality.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            I think its also why straight allies and much of the general (sane) public got on board with it after stories about these types of horrors began to circulate. Any decent person can see the the lack of humanity and hate that the absence of marriage protections allowed,

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            Ain’t that the truth

        • Ninja0980

          Sad to say but your story is one of many that could be told over the years.
          My one friend’s first wife died suddenly and her body wasn’t even cold yet before her “parents” tried to take claim of her body and tell my friend that she couldn’t live in the house she and her wife owned and so much more.
          Thank goodness CT had marriage equality or she would have had nothing.

    • Blake Jordan

      To the breeders (civil) marriage may be frivolous break from their boring lives,…

      But for same gender couples, it is about protecting us legally from cruel breeders!!!

  • Adam King

    Wow, the anti-marriage number is pretty close to the Trump-support number. Imagine that.

    • Steverino

      Which means it should be leveling out, soon.

      That’s also the “religious freedom” bullshit crowd right there, as well.

  • Rex

    And on the subject of marriage, congrats to Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) and Todd Spiewak who got married over the weekend.

    • Adam King


    • Awww, yay! I adore Jim and they are the sweetest family with their fur babies. 😍

    • Reality.Bites

      In other showbiz news, Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Wally West (Kid Flash) on The Flash has come out as bisexual.

  • Todd20036

    I should be happy, but what difference does this make if we get SCOTUS justices who throw marriage rights back to the states, so you can be “unmarried” if you cross the wrong border.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed, especially since in their minds there will be no backlash or even if there is, they won’t give a damn since they can’t be forced out of their jobs.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      What difference does it make? Don’t ask me. I dunno. Ask an “Anybody But Hillary”, “Bernie Or Bust” or even an LGBT 3rd party voter. Maybe they’ll have an answer for you. I and many others BEGGED them that 4 years of “Killery” was better than 40 years of a Trump Supreme Court..

      • Todd20036

        Yup. There are people I blocked on this forum who were Berned bros and Jill Pills. I don’t care how pro-LBGT they think they are.

        They’re quislings who are too clueless and/or selfish to see it.

        • Ninja0980

          My BOB or cousin among them.

  • Tawreos

    And this is the reason so many politicians switched from hating gay marriage to hating the transgender people.

    • DaddyRay

      Which is why we must protect ever one of our LGBT community (well with the possible exception of Caitlyn Jenner)

      • Jon Doh


        • Gene

          thank you.

          put her in dolce and gabana (self haters themselves) tar and feathers for all I care. did not like Bruce, loath Caitlyn…SHE should know better than to spout the selfish shit she does…at least Bruce has the sad excuse of being a rich man who maybe did not know any better.

      • Todd20036

        Never been a fan of protecting quislings.
        Caitlyn will vote for GOP even as she’s thrown in a gas chamber for threatening the male/female dichotomy.

        • b

          Yea, and screw her, and the other people that think that the gay movement was equal and just an expression of the trans movement. Fuck off. We support trans people, but they were their gender issues were not the exact same.

          • Todd20036

            Um, gender issues are not the same as orientation, but they are lumped together because our enemies equate the two.

            Both transgendered and gay people upset the haters’ idea of male/female and dominant/submissive roles.

            I’ve nothing against transgendered people and welcome them. I have issues with quislings and those who would use LBGT victories but are willing to sell out LBGT individuals.

            Much like what you are doing.

    • Gustav2

      And hide the anti-gay parts in a “bathroom bill”

  • barrixines

    “I no longer protest about same sex marriage because preventing trans people from taking a piss is so much more enjoyably vindictive.”

  • Outstanding!

  • zhera

    So how come this isn’t reflected in politics?

    rethorical question, because religion. But it’s still crazy.

    • Reality.Bites

      Realizing that marriage doesn’t affect you doesn’t change your racism, or hatred of Muslims.

  • Rex

    Perhaps people are realizing that Marriage Equality isn’t the big evil threat to society that some claimed it would be. In fact, most people haven’t experienced any change to their lives as a result.

  • marshlc

    Not even a little bit surprised to see this.

    Basically decent human beings who opposed marriage equality because of their fear of change have had a chance to see that this change had nothing to do with them, and didn’t hurt or bother or impact them in any way. Those who opposed because of hate, well, not much to be done about them, but fear can be fought by showing there’s nothing to be afraid of.

    • Randy503

      Exactly. Which is why I argued forcefully against those who said, wait and see. They just wanted to stall because they knew there was no argument against gay marriage, and they knew once it become legal there is no great uprising against it.

      • Stefan Heikel

        Plus it could continue being a major cash grab for them LOL

  • andrew

    What a stunning and happy change in public opinion. In 10 years it went from 68% No to 64% Yes. Has there ever been such a rapid and significant change in public opinion in our nations history?

  • Michael

    Sorry but that means more than 1 out of 3 people are against it and it’s a pretty safe bet a lot of them are giving the “political correct” answer. I’ve been seeing a lot, lot more anti-gay hate videos on Youtube in the past few months.

    When Trump and Clinton were running I said in these threads Trump was going to win and I was right. Once Trump gets impeached and Pence comes into power we’re going to see a sweeping anti-gay movement both in and out of our political system.

    • Randy503

      Exactly, which is why we need analysis on why there were two downturns against gay marriage. Why did they occur? Obviously, something the news affected opinions, but only for a short time. But it could turn around any time.

      • Stefan Heikel

        The two downturns were as a result of it being legalized in Massachusettes and California. I believe now we’re hitting a similar uptick that interracial marriage saw in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, and there’s essentially no turning back.

    • Baltimatt

      It took about 30 years after Loving for a majority of Americans to approve of black/white marriage.

      • Stefan Heikel

        And to compare the numbers, current support for same-sex marriage is where support for interracial marriage was in 1997.

    • Richard B

      Yes, there may be some Trump blowback you are forecasting, but that resistance generally comes from the old guard and the fact is that demographic is steadily dying off. The wind on our backs that will carry us forward is the lopsided support from the generations behind us. You have to be taught to hate gay folks and American society as a whole is doing a lot less of that.
      This explain Gallup’s trend line.

    • SFBruce

      I think it’s probably true that some answer in a way they think is expected, but it’s probably difficult to impossible to determine the size of that group. But to whatever extent that dynamic exists, I think it’s not a bad sign that acceptance of marriage equality is now seen as the right position to have. More importantly, I also believe it’s undeniable that many people are noticing that things aren’t so different now that a few more people can marry.

  • Jon Doh

    ” It’s the times. They are a changing. Something’s blowing in the wind.”

  • Randy503

    It’s interesting to see when exactly the downturns came. As best as I can figure, it’s when we made a big advance, and that seemed to spook some people, aided by the haters’ propaganda.

    Anyone else have a better analysis? What exactly happened to cause those downturns. We must learn for future fights.

  • MBear

    As a gay man, I don’t approve of christian marriage.

    • The_Wretched

      Deeply conservative evangelicals raise their kids to outcomes much worse rates than average in divorce, educational attainment, abuse and BMI. If we care for kids and want a better America, all evangelical marriages should be struck null be legal action and their kids sent off to live with liberals.

      • MBear

        I’m a cocksucker and I approve this message

  • Blake Jordan

    But what is the “electoral college” support of it, since the USA does not do elections fairly?

  • Hank

    If is is playing in your neighborhood, (Limited Release film) go see A Very Sordid Wedding.
    Not great, but some good one liners and a couple of Hot Hunks!!! It is about a couple, who comes home to be married in their VERY Small town in Texas, after being married in49 other states for publicity.

  • safari

    The world didn’t end.

    • safari

      (Though I’m guessing the 35% remaining voted for Donald, so stay tuned.)

    • Marti386

      Best comment of the day. You win the internets! 🙂

  • Fucking alt-right idiots and the rest of them truly are heading for the trash can of history. They’re not the “silent majority” or whatever the fuck they keep claiming. They don’t shut the fuck up, and they’re a minority that’s getting smaller and smaller.

  • Matt

    34% against. Isn’t that about where trump’s approval rating is currently? Interesting. Ok, not really. More obvious than anything else.

  • Tom G

    Dwindling dupes are available for a Brian Brown to hit up for cash.

  • Jerry Kott

    My partner of 45 years and I got married in December 2016. What has been interesting in the past several months as to how people respond to our marriage in the outside world. When talking to a utility about a problem, the operator, an older women, asked me what my relationship was to my partner whose name is on the bill, and it was the first time I used the word “Spouse”. There was silence on the phone at first which I suspect she wasn’t use to a male stating he was married to another male without saying they were Gay.
    Last week I had surgery and my partner went with me to the Hospital. In filling out the contact forms for the Hospital , he is my contact and it was written where it asked what the relationship was and it said Spouse. It is a generational thing. The younger 20, 30 somethings congratulate us and people our age seemed perplexed. Some of the older health staff seemed bothered.
    With an insurance company , when I asked about the family plan, I told her I was married in December and we wanted a family plan which was a savings for us. In the conversation she kept saying your wife this, your wife that. I gave her some slack and then informed her we were a same sex couple. There was pause, she then continued to inform me about the plans and cost savings.
    My point is, the more same sex couples get married, the more it will be accepted, the more common it will be.. The more Gay People come out , the more faces people will see and the less we will be thought of as an abstract concept.
    It doesn’t surprise me to read the stats here. Understanding never happens in a vacuum.

    • McSwagg

      Visibility normalizes any societal change, but it does takes time. Congratulations and stay strong.

      • Jerry Kott

        Thanks, will do. Our fear as a Collective was our adversaries great strength. Until we discovered that real power comes from within, the adversaries of full Equality ran out of steam. The more they persist, the more we resist, they are starting to tell the world who actually has the problem.
        My partner and I have been to the mountain in speaking Truth to power. I has been a challenge but it has made me a better person. Speaking Truth is a very powerful weapon.

    • JCF

      Mazel Tov! 😀

  • StillALiberal

    I think the long term trend on SSM will keep edging upwards regardless of what politicans do or whatever happens in the court.
    (1) The pro-SSM has been winning the argument over the last 20 years, many have flipped from anti to pro but very few in the opposite direction.
    (2) The generational divide is massive – the only way for the anti-SSM side to reverse that is for todays 10 year olds to ignore their pro-LGBT parents and grandparents and start thinking that their great-grandparents were really cool on LGBTs. You DON’T mess with pro-LGBT St8Grandmothers!
    (3) Fear of the unknown was the biggest “argument” the anti side had and that degrades in effectiveness with each passing year. (Gathering Storm and all that crap!)
    (4) The one-way ratchet argument. Before SSM was legal it was up to our side to justify why SS couples should have the same rights as OS couples that was not the case before. Now after Obergerfell it is now up to the anti side to justify why millions of couples must be forcibly divorced/annulled against their will – a much harder sell to make.
    (5) Decline of the closet. More people know a LGBT workmate/neighbour/family member and the old “fear the gay” argument becomes weaker with people who know LGBT people in their lives. Harder to be a total dick to someone you know than a total stranger.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well, considering not one of the disasters predicted by the Religious Right has come to pass, it’s clear that their God doesn’t seem to mind. Funny how that works.

  • KnownDonorDad

    The keys to this are, first and foremost, gay people living openly, and people realizing they almost certainly have a gay friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative. It’s a small community but one that can’t be geographically insulated. Second, greater acceptance among younger people, and not a shifting position of youth, but for the most part a lifelong acceptance; basic demographics favor marriage equality. Third, the only social ripples this has caused are from a handful of cake martyrs who don’t want to take that dirty, dirty gay money – I suspect as the potential crowdfunding profit dies down, so will the volume of the cake martyrs. Finally, there are even churches that bill themselves as “open and affirming,” turning something that’s typically an anti-gay weapon on its head.