Thursday, April 30, 2009

For the first time, a plurality of Americans support same-sex marriage.

Support for legal gay marriage has increased dramatically over the past three years, and for the first time, those in favor outnumber those opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearly half (49 percent) of all Americans in the new poll said they favor legal marriage for same-sex couples, an increase of 13 percentage points since June 2006. But opposition to gay marriage remains widespread, 46 percent said it should be illegal in the new poll, and most in that camp feel strongly about it (overall 39 percent are that opposed).

Notably, majorities of Democrats (62%), Independents (52%), liberals (71%), and moderates (54%) thought it should be legal for gay couples to get married.