Same-sex marriage approval on the rise
Just over half of Americans believe that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to get married, according to a poll released on Thursday by ABC and The Washington Post.
Fifty percent of respondents to the survey said that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives the couples the right to marry, while 41 percent said it does not.
Moving past the constitutional issue, 59 percent of responders say they support same-sex marriage, with 34 percent saying they are opposed. This is the largest gap in the history of the poll tracked by ABC and The Post.
“I mean, it’s kind of complicated,” sophomore and health care management major Simone Isaacs said. “I don’t really [personally support] gay marriage, but [gay and lesbian couples] are still human. We shouldn’t treat them any differently because of their preferences.”
Since 2004, support for same-sex marriage has increased by 21 percent according to the Post-ABC poll.
The same poll also shows that 61 percent of Americans support same-sex couples’ rights to adopt a child, and that 81 percent of respondents said businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
The poll comes out the same week that a case was argued which could make Michigan the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Michigan voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, but a lawsuit challenged that measure, and a federal judge said on Friday that he expects to make a ruling on the case in the next two weeks.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Maryland since 2013 after a statewide referendum.