Pew Poll Shows America’s Slow, But Sure Evolution On Gay Marriage Acceptance

 Yesterday I noted how Exodus International, an "ex-gay" group, has dropped out of the homophobic "Day of Truth."

Though the news seems small, Exodus' departure signals, I said, the erosion of social conservatism's power in America. If you want more proof of the nation's gay evolution, check out this news from Pew Research:

Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year.

In two polls conducted over the past few months, based on interviews with more than 6,000 adults, 42% favor same-sex marriage while 48% are opposed.

In polls conducted in 2009, 37% favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally and 54% were opposed. For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half oppose same-sex marriage.

While it can be distressing to live in a nation that restricts rights based on people's sex lives, this latest report, coupled with Exodus' exodus, suggests that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. An inclusive America is on the horizon, inevitable, and our virtuous patience will be paid in spades. Or, rather, in marriage.

Just a little longer, reader!


  1. Zlick says

    I feel bad for pointing this out, but with every other metric of American life running in a horrible direction, will that inclusive America even be worth a damn by the time it arrives?

  2. Patric says

    My only quibble is with your description of discriminatory laws as “restrict[ing] rights based on people’s sex lives” since, while I agree that for homophobes the root of their bigotry and much of their obsession is how freaked out they are about gay sex, being gay is in fact about much more than having sex with members of the same gender and, indeed, these discriminatory laws impact gay people regardless of whether or not they are sexually active.

  3. canadiangay says

    @ dongchart: I thought I was the only who noticed the…um… phallic-ness of the graph :)

  4. Bruno says

    The most important aspect of this poll is the 5.5% change from 2009 to 2010. With other, differently-worded polls showing movement in the same direction, there’s been something special afoot the last year or so especially.

  5. Paul R says

    @Bruno, I’d say that something special is that gays and gay issues are in the news constantly these days and more people are out than ever (including public officials and celebrities, who have a strong, often unconscious effect on people’s opinions).

  6. ratbastard says

    Towleroad has made no mention of two current, comparable surveys in the U.S. and U.K. regarding people who self identify as gay or bi. The figure was 1.5% in the U.K. vs 7.5% in the U.S. Why the difference? Why do more Americans vs Brits willing identify as being gay or even bi? The U.S. survey further showed 15+% OF males (vs 7-8% of females) admit to having engaged in same sex activity.

  7. Paul R says

    @Ratbastard, Towleroad discussed the British survey and it inspired heated debate. The difference likely lies in how the surveys were conducted: in Britain they had people going door to door and asking people what their preference was, hence the low results. The US poll was likely conducted anonymously, by mail.