Same-Sex Marriage Gains Record-Breaking Support From Americans

A new poll found more Americans than ever think same-sex marriage should be legal.
A woman stands in front of the Supreme Court holding a sign supporting same-sex marriage. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
May 19, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Rebecca McCray is a staff writer covering social justice. She is based in New York.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. Now comes a poll that shows 60 percent of Americans surveyed say they support same-sex marriage. That’s the largest-ever share of Americans that have supported the legalization of same-sex unions since Gallup first polled on the subject in 1996. Support for same-sex marriage has been climbing steadily over the years, partly because more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have come out and gained greater prominence in politics, business, entertainment, and sports. The shift has also been driven by well-funded, strategic campaigns by LGBT advocates. This is the largest increase in percentage points since 2011. Last year, 55 percent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage's upward trend of support.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Some states—including Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio—still ban same-sex couples from marrying. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue in the coming weeks.