Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds
  (Source:EDGE Media Library)

A new survey found that seventy percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, the highest figure up to this point conducted by a major national polling organization, NBC reports.

On Monday, PRRI released the results of the survey, which also indicate that 28 percent of Americans are opposed to same-sex marriage. The survey also found 80 percent support among Democrats, 76 percent among Independents, and just 50 percent among Republicans.

The survey also found that 83 percent of Americans favor laws protecting LGBT people against discrimination in the work place, public accommodations, and housing. The numbers here skew higher than those for marriage equality — with 94 percent of Democrats in favor of legal protections, 85 percent of Independents, and 68 percent of Republicans.

In the data, white Evangelical Protestant support for both marriage equality and legal protections is significantly lower the other groups polled — which include white, Black and Hispanic mainline Protestants; white and Hispanic Catholics; as well as other Christian, non-Christian and religiously unaffiliated. White Evangelicals' support for marriage equality sits at 34 percent, while support for legal protections is at 59 percent.

EDGE reported today that a new documentary film includes a statement of support for same-sex civil unions by Pope Francis. "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. You can't kick someone out of a family, nor make their life miserable for this. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered." Perhaps the Pope's support reflects a shift in attitudes by Catholic congregants.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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