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Gallup: Nationwide Support For Same-Sex Marriage Reaches New All-Time High

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Last year, we reported that nationwide approval for same-sex marriage had reached an all-time high according to Gallup, which then found that 55% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Those numbers have soared even higher in the 12 months since, now reaching 60% approval on the eve of the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage. As Gallup reports, support for same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high among both major political parties:

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes -- with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. [...]

The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.

Gallup also considers the implications of these findings, attempting to read the political tea leaves so to speak:

National support for marriage equality has been fairly steady in its upward climb, and is more than double what it was in 1996 when Gallup first polled on the issue. A clear majority of Americans now support the issue. The increase among Americans -- an increase seen in all major political parties -- comes in the midst of a string of legal victories ruling in favor of same-sex couples seeking to be treated equally under the law. [...]

While there has been uneven growth in support among Republicans versus Democrats, both groups have become more supportive. The remaining broad partisan divide, however, underscores how contentious the issue will continue to be as the 2016 election process unfolds.

Read more on Gallup's findings, HERE.


New Poll Finds Americans Would Prefer a Gay President Rather Than a Christian Evangelical

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The times sure are a-changin', especially if this new poll is to be believed:

The survey of 1,000 US adults, conducted in April for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, found 61 percent of Americans would be enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian presidential candidate. In comparison, 52 percent said they'd be enthusiastic about or comfortable with an evangelical Christian running for president.

This is an 18-point improvement for the gay or lesbian candidate: in 2006, 43 percent of Americans said they'd support a gay or lesbian person running for president. But the numbers for evangelical Christians have been roughly the same for years, rising from 41 percent since 2006 but hovering around 50 percent since 2008, according to previous polls from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.


Poll Finds 58% Of Americans Want Supreme Court To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

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Yet another national poll shows that a convincing majority of Americans support marriage equality. 

This time, the question was asked in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

From NBC News' report on the poll it conducted with The Wall Street Journal:  

A total of 58 percent of Americans said that they favor a high court decision to eliminate bans against same sex marriage, with 44 percent of those saying they strongly favor such a result.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they oppose a court ruling in favor of the case's LGBT plaintiffs, with 29 percent said they strongly oppose it. 

Back in March, another NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 59 percent of Americans supported marriage equality. And in April, a Washington Post-ABC News poll put the figure at 61 percent

The most interesting result from the latest poll may be that only 20 percent of respondents believe American society has gone too far in accepting homosexuality, while 44 percent believe it has not gone far enough. In 2000, when LGBT people had far fewer rights, 42 percent said society had already gone too far in accepting homosexuality, while 41 percent said it had not gone far enough. 

NBC News' report on the poll also features a great video mashup of Republican presidential candidates talking about their positions on same-sex marriage. Watch it here


New Poll Finds More Millennials Approve Of Homosexuality Than Casual Hookups, Abortion And Sex Between Minors

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A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that millennials are more accepting of homosexuality than they are of casual hookups reports The Washington Post. The poll asked millennials, between the ages of 18 to 34, their views regarding various sexual behaviors including homosexuality. Around 38 percent said homosexuality is morally wrong, but 42 percent said it’s morally acceptable; another 13 percent said it depends on the situation while seven percent declined to answer. However, only 37 percent of millennials believe it’s morally acceptable for two people, regardless of their sexual orientation, to have casual sex with no intention of forming a relationship.

Nearly twice as many millennials approve of homosexuality more than those who approve of abortion (21 percent) and sex between minors (24 percent). Even more millennials approve of homosexuality than having a child out of wedlock (40 percent approval), although the two figures are fairly close without margin of error included in the figures. A full comprehensive report, including figures on millennials attitudes toward sex education and gender roles, is available on Public Religion’s website.

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Omaha In Favor of Marriage Equality Despite Statewide Opposition

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According to a poll conducted by the Omaha World Herald, support for same-sex marriage in Nebraska’s largest city is at an all-time high. Compared to the rest of the Nebraska, the state-wide survey found, Omaha remains disproportionately supportive of LGBT equality. While a plurality of Omaha residents reported being in favor of legislation that would mandate marriage equality, 54% of Nebraskans overall reported  being opposed to such a law.

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“Even though marriage has been overturned in a vast majority of states, in almost every situation it was a federal judge who overturned it and not the will of the people,” said executive director of the Nebraska Family Alliance AJ Riskowski.

Nevertheless, advocates for Nebraskan same sex marriage are preparing to push back against the state’s current ban on gay marriage that was signed into law in 2000. Last month the Nebraskan branch of the ACLU filed a new class-action lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of Nebraska’s ban.

“Our lawsuit recognizes that sometimes citizens must turn to the beautiful saving grace of the courts in our system of government to protect their constitutional rights,” said Danielle Conrad, executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska.

For all of the hope that the World Herald’s Omaha respondents have reflect, the numbers from the state as a whole reflect an uphill battle for gays and lesbians. Both Conrad and Riskowski point out the fact that a decision to repeal or overturn Nebraska’s ban would ultimately fall into the hands of the state’s overwhelmingly conservative voters.


Overwhelming Majority of Young US Catholics Are Pro-Gay

Fracis2Though still officially opposed to homosexuality, the Catholic Church’s opinions of LGBT people is slowly evolving to align with the opinions of its followers. In June the Pew Research Center found that an overwhelming majority of Catholics--85%--between the ages of 18 and 29 felt that homosexuality should be socially acceptable. Catholics above the age of 65 were less supportive, but a 57% majority also reported that being gay should be accepted by general society.

A two-week long synod of Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis has resulted in the drafting of a theological document arguing for wider acceptance of gays by the church. In it gay people are described as having “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.” The document also acknowledges the fundamental love and intimacy that exists within committed gay relationships.

Drafted by a committee selected by Francis, the preliminary draft will be circulated both amongst synod participants and throughout the Catholic community for debate, revision, and review. In the past, similar documented shifts in position have resulted in long lasting change in church ideology. Many attendees of the gathering are likening it to The Second Vatican Council--a synod that redefined the Church’s relationship to other religions.

“A large number of bishops do not accept the ideas of openness, but few know that,” said Raymond Leo Burke, a conservative American cardinal working within the vatican. “[Many] are supporting the possibility of adopting a practice that deviates from the truth of the faith.”

Those opposing the document’s pro-LGBT stance have been quick to point out that it is more of working reference paper rather than a steadfast decree. In addition to a softening position towards gays, the document debates how the church should treat separated, but not divorced couples. It also condemns making financial aid contingent on ideological congruity between nation states, as the US has done to certain countries with oppressive anti-gay laws.

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