March 15, -- intro: Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted rapidly in recent years. Here is a look at some of the most high-profile politicians who have changed their opinions on the issue in the past decade. In an interview with CBS News in , Clinton spoke of her opposition to same-sex marriage but said she was in favor of civil unions. She went on to say that she was opposed to the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have defined marriage as an act between a man and a woman. As a New York senator, Clinton repeated her support for civil unions in when the state did not extend the constitutional right of marriage to same-sex couples.
American opinion has changed dramatically on gay issues over the last 40 years
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia
Ken Rudin. It is remarkable how fast the issue of same-sex marriage has moved the American public. Of course, some long-time proponents will argue the opposite, that it has taken far too long for it to gain acceptance. And they say that there is no shortage of efforts around the country to block or overturn the practice. But there is no question that since Vice President Biden first announced his support for the issue last May — jumping the gun on President Obama , whose position on the issue was said to still be "evolving" — things have changed rapidly. Almost immediately, and far more significant, was Obama's declaration he felt the same. After that came dramatic shifting in public opinion, where for the first time ever, polls show that more people support gay marriage than oppose it.
Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage
After years of generally steady increases, opinions about same-sex marriage are mostly unchanged since While attitudes about same-sex marriage are changed little from two years ago, support has increased substantially over the past two decades. The Pew Research Center survey, conducted March among 1, adults finds that Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over legal marriage for gays and lesbians — though support has increased significantly in both parties over the past 15 years. Support for same-sex marriage also has increased among nearly all demographic groups over the past 15 years, including across generations and by religious affiliation :. Continue exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on two cases related to same-sex marriage, the first involving a California referendum that barred gay marriage, the other involving a federal law that prevents the government from recognizing same-sex unions. A variety of outcomes are possible, but it seems prudent to take stock of public opinion on same-sex marriage before the decisions come down. Support for same-sex marriage is increasing — but is it doing so at a faster rate than in the past? Is it now safe to say that a majority approves it?