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In pew research center polling in 2004, americans opposed same-sex marriage by a margin of 60 to 31. Support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown over the past 15 years. And today, support for same-sex marriage remains near its highest point since pew research center began polling on this issue. despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of lgbt people around the world, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided by country, region and economic development. Support for gay marriage stable, at 63 a majority of americans (63) continue to say same-sex marriage should be legal, on par with the 64 to 67 gallup has recorded since 2017. around three quarters (73) of british adults think gay people should be allowed to get married to each other while a quarter (24) do not want to allow gay marriage according to a new ipsos mori poll for freedom to marry. The most popular choice is to allow gay marriage but not to require religious organisations to provide wedding ceremonies. the increased acceptance of same-same marriage which a 2015 supreme court decision made legal in all 50 states comes as greater number of lesbian, gay. Two striking features characterize the state of public opinion about gay rights in general and gay marriage in particular. 1 the first is the increasing level of support in some nations. As page and shapiro (1992) observe, large shifts over time in public policy preferences tend to be rare. In the case of gay marriage, however, polling reveals a number of rapid transformations. Single polls concerning same-sex marriages (ssms), civil unions, etc. Notes throughout this website, lgbt is an acronym referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals. This essay describes the results of a number of public opinion polls among u. Adults, starting in the mid 1990s and extending to the present time. gallup polls over the past decade have mostly shown small, incremental increases in support for gay marriage each year. Majorities of americans have continuously supported same-sex couples right to marry since late 2012, not long after president barack obama came out in support of it -- making him the first president to do so. if you pause to think about it, gay rights are suddenly ascendant. Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and the district of columbia, and widely supported in public opinion polling.