In a Gallup poll conducted last month, 63% of respondents said same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid, “with the same rights as traditional marriages.” And 36% said they should not.
It was March 26, 2009, and the New Hampshire House had just failed to legalize same-sex marriage by the narrowest of margins: a single vote.
That’s a big change from the same poll taken a decade ago, when 40% said same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid and 57% said they should not.
But the issue continues to divide Americans, largely along party lines. The Gallup poll found that 44% of Republicans said same-sex marriages should be recognized by law, while 55% said they should not be. Among Democrats, 79% said such marriages should be recognized as valid, and 21% said they should not be.
Independents fell in between, with 68% saying such marriages should be recognized by law and 31% saying no.
A similar divide was seen when individuals were asked whether gay or lesbian relations are “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.” Among Democrats, 77% said such relations are morally acceptable, while 21% said they are morally wrong.
Republicans were about equally split between the two viewpoints, while among Independents, 64% said gay or lesbian relations are acceptable and 34% said they are wrong.