According to Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry for gay couples - a first since Gallup started tracking the issue in 1996.
Gallup found that 53% of Americans support marriage equality, while only 45% oppose legalizing gay marriage - a majority of 8%. This represents a nine-point change over last year's numbers.
69% of Democrats and 59% of Independents support marriage equality, while only 28% of Republicans do (a number that is unchanged from last year's poll).
A whopping 70% of people ages 18-34 support marriage equality, while 53% of people ages 35-54 do, and only 39% of people ages 55+.
Women continue to support marriage equality more strongly than men across all age groups.
This is just the latest in a series of polls that have shown Americans turning towards marriage equality exponentially: those who oppose equality for gay couples are in the minority, and it is very encouraging to see our fellow Americans recognizing us as equals who deserve to be treated as such under the law.
Now, here's an interesting question: how many polls have to show majority support for marriage equality before it becomes a non-event? In other words, when will there come a time that seeing a poll that shows majority support for equality is so obvious and expected that it's not even worth blogging about? Just something to think about.
Regardless, Gallup - one of the most reliable and respected polling firms in the world - confirms what we already knew to be true: that Americans support equality for LGBT people and LGBT couples. It is time for Congress and President Obama to follow the public's lead and repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act" and allow all couples to be treated equally under state and federal law.
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