USA: Marriage Equality Support Has Grown Swiftly in Last 10 Years

Written by scott on February 25th, 2013

Business Insider has a nice recap of the marriage equality fight over the last ten years, focusing on the last twelve months, when President Obama endorsed it and when it passed via public vote in three states (and a ban bombed in a fourth). The article talks about the shift:

In the last decade — and especially in the last few years — Americans’ attitude toward gay marriage has shifted dramatically. Right after the election in November, the Pew Research Center released a report on the changing perception of gay marriage over the past decade. It found that opinion has swung from staunch opposition in 2001 — 57 percent opposed gay marriage, compared to 35 percent who were in favor — to solid support in 2012, when 48 percent polled supported gay marriage, compared to 43 percent who were opposed.

Pew Marriage Equality Poll Chart

What strikes me about this chart is how big advances (Massachusetts and Gavin Newsom in 2004 and the CA Supreme Court ruling in 2008) were always followed by a resurgence in opposition – but not anymore. Once President Obama endorsed marriage equality, the support line only got stronger.

Have we finally passed into inevitability here?


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