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Support for Same-Sex Marriage is Highest Among the Non-Religious. (As Usual.)

May 17, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support same-sex marriage and the number remains virtually unchanged from 2017. That’s not too surprising — more people have accepted it as a reality and the issue hasn’t changed much over the past two years — but what’s interesting is how segments of the country are divided on the issue.

Support for marriage equality is higher for Democrats (75%) than Republicans (44%), and for young people (74%) than old (45%).

And when it comes to religion, the divide is especially clear: People without religion support civil rights while the most politically powerful white Christians refuse to accept gay couples as legitimate.

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