Now that it has been a few years since marriage equality became the law of the land, and the world didn’t end, a huge majority of Americans support gay and lesbian marriage. A new study from Gallup shows that 64% of respondents approve of gays having the legal right to marry. The question was asked in the polling company’s annual Values and Beliefs poll. Last year, the number was 61%, but the uptick in support shows a gradual increase that is drastically different from when the poll began in 1996 when only 27% of voters approved.
It comes as no surprise that a majority of Democrats support marriage equality (74%) with 47% of Republicans approving. It should be noted, though, that 47% of Republicans is nearly tripled since 1996.
Also of note, this is the first year that US Protestants (all non-Catholic Christian) reached a majority (55%). Catholic support remains high (65%).