A recent poll released by Gallup has revealed that a record high of seventy percent of American adults agree with same-sex marriage. This is a huge step towards a more equal nation, despite there still being many laws inhibiting the LGBTQ+ community in certain states.
Approval for same-sex marriage in the US has reached a new high of seventy percent, according to a poll published by Gallup on Tuesday.
In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage to be recognized across all fifty states. Since then, Gallup has reported that there has been a ten-point increase since this time, and is also the highest reported figure since 2015.
There has been a considerable change since the polls of 1996.
Record 70% back gay marriage in Gallup, *including a majority of Republicans* for the first time.— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) June 8, 2021
55% of GOP back
Note for future: ***84%*** 18-34 year-olds
Remarkable change from '96, when just 27% supported, and 2005, when Bush led failed effort to ban in U.S. Constitution.
Back in 1996, Gallup reported only twenty-seven percent of Americans believed same-sex marriage should be recognized as valid by law. There was a slow increase over the years, and in 2011, Americans finally began calling for same-sex marriage to be recognized by law.
"As more Americans see and know LGBTQ people and couples, they see our relationships are as loving, as valuable, and as worth protecting as any straight marriage," Barbara Simon, the head of news and campaigns at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), said in a statement. "It shows undeniable forward progress for LGBTQ acceptance."
And it's seemingly thanks to the Republicans…
Gallup reported that the new increase is largely thanks to a shifting view among Republicans. The party has historically been the group reporting the least amount of support for marriage equality in Gallup's polls. However, in 2021, Republicans showed a majority favor with fifty-five percent. That's a nearly ten percent increase from last year when only forty-four percent of Republicans approved of legal recognition for same-sex marriage, the company reported.
The democrats have maintained a level in recent years of eighty-three percent. "This could suggest that support for gay marriage has reached a ceiling for this group, at least for now," Gallup wrote.
Change is possible always. In just 20 years, Americans have gone from two-thirds opposed to gay marriage to today according to Gallup two-thirds in favor. Though bumpy and imperfect, America is on an enlightened path. If we keep pushing and prodding.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) May 23, 2018
Looking at the data, it's impressive how even the statistics lay out. The data was calculated through a random sample of phone interviews with around one thousand adults throughout the US last month. And this includes adults across all ages: young adults aged 18-34 topped out as the highest supporters with eighty-four percent% followed by middle-aged adults between the ages of 35-54 at seventy-two percent. Sixty percent of over 55's and older believed same-sex marriage should be legally recognized as valid, Gallup revealed.
"Older U.S. adults, who were once holdouts in support for gay marriage, now come down on the same side of the issue as young adults," the study stated.
President Joe Biden shares distinctly different views on gay marriage in comparison to Donald Trump. However, during the Obama administration, where Biden was Vice-President, the LGBTQ+ community felt the government was not doing enough.
Progressives worry that Biden is too conservative, however, Biden was in fact the first national leader to publicly support same-sex marriage in May 2012. This was a massive shift from his 1996 position with the "Defense marriage act" that defined marriage as between "one man and one woman." While many are unsure about his changing views, it is evident that in almost every instance, he has moved along with the shifting consensus in his own party, now finally leading that consensus.
In regards to the LGBTQ+ community, Gallup still had plenty of interesting statistics…
For the first time ever in Gallup polling, a majority of Republicans (55%) support gay marriage.— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) June 8, 2021
Overall support is now 70%. pic.twitter.com/7PYcvn1LRs
Gallup reported that 5.6% of US adults reported that they identified with the LGBT community, which is more than a 1% increase from 2017. Within that community, more than half identified as bisexual, a quarter identified as gay, 11.7% as lesbian, and 11.3% as transgender. This translated that 1 in every 6 adults born between 1997 and 2021 considered themselves to not be straight.
One of the main reasons LGBTQ+ identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual.
Generation Z (those aged 18-23 in 2020) reports that 1 in 6 adult members identified as part of the LGBTQ+ community with seventy-two percent of these identifying as bisexual. Whereas LGBTQ+ identification is lower in each older generation, including 2% or less of Americans born before 1965 (aged 56 and older in 2020.)
Simon of GLAAD said the country's latest record-breaking support for marriage equality "should lead to the next obvious step to protect every LGBTQ American from discrimination in other areas of society," which would be enacting the Equality Act.
"Historic support for our families should be a clear signal to every U.S. Senator that the time has come to pass the Equality Act," Simon said. "The Senate should join the overwhelming majority of Americans in supporting laws that make our families and our country safer and stronger."