We always figured this was the case (heck, Harvey Milk was onto it in the ’70′s) but a couple recent polls confirm it. People with gay and lesbian friends tend to support marriage equality at a higher rate than those without. The Huffington Post reports:
Data from both surveys shows that much of the change in opinion is related to greater interaction with gay and lesbian individuals. According to the HuffPost/YouGov poll, 54 percent of Americans who have a gay or lesbian close friend or family member said they support same-sex marriage, while only 31 percent who don’t have the personal interaction said they support it. Among those who know a gay or lesbian person who is married or in a committed relationship, support is even higher, at 60 percent.
In fact, the survey finds that gay marriage proponents are much more likely than opponents to say that their personal experiences had an impact on their views. Fifty-six percent of respondents who “strongly favor” gay marriage, along with 39 percent of those who “somewhat favor” it, said that their personal interactions have been “very important” or “somewhat important” in shaping their views. Only 19 percent of those who “strongly oppose” gay marriage and 26 percent of those who “somewhat oppose” it said the same.
Come out, come out, wherever you are!