Almost two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled individual states could not prohibit same-sex marriage, American support for the social issue has hit a record high.
According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, 64 percent of Americans say same-sex marriage should be legal. This is up from 61 percent in 2016, and marks the highest nationwide approval rating for gay marriage — up from 27 percent in 1996 when Gallup began tracking the trend.
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Another notable upward trend for same-sex marriage approval comes from a religious demographic.
“For the first time,” Gallup notes, “majority of Protestants support gay marriage.”
Democrats remain most likely politically-affiliated demographic to support gay marriage, with 74 percent of Dems supporting the issue. Gallup also notes that 71 percent of Independents and a record, but still low, 47 percent of Republicans back same-sex marriage.
While one-third of Americans remain opposed to gay marriage, LGBT advocates have largely shifted their policy agenda to include transgender rights in response to legislation like North Carolina’s HB2 “bathroom bill” — which has since been repealed.