Poll: 64 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage


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Americans’ support for same-sex marriage has hit a new high, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Sixty-four percent of adults surveyed said same-sex marriages should be legal, a 3 percent increase since last year and the most support for gay marriage since Gallup began tracking the issue in 1996 when just 27 percent backed legalizing gay marriage.

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Democrats (74 percent) and independents (71 percent) have been most accepting of legalizing same-sex marriages, with support among Democrats reaching a majority in 2004, followed by a majority of independents in 2007. Forty-seven percent of Republicans support legalizing same-sex marriage, the highest ever mark from the GOP.

The Supreme Court in June 2015 legalized gay marriage nationwide in a landmark 5-4 ruling that said the Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.lgbt-rightsWhile some may still have objections to same-sex unions on moral or religious grounds despite the Supreme Court ruling, Americans are more accepting of same-sex relations, with 72 percent of respondents saying it should be legal.

The survey of 1,011 adults was conducted May 3-7 via landline and cell phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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