Attitudes on Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Marriage - HISTORY
Same sex marriage is now legal in the entire US after a Supreme Court ruling striking down state marriage bans. The ruling means all US states must grant marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples and recognise marriages that have taken place in other states. In , Massachusetts judges ruled the state constitution allowed gay marriage, and marriage licences followed shortly after that. In the following years, a handful of states passed gay marriage bans while others began working towards allowing same-sex unions - either by court order or legislation. One high-profile ban occurred by referendum in California in after courts had previously allowed same-sex marriage. The justices, who had previously stopped short of resolving the question of same-sex marriage nationally, had to consider whether or not states were constitutionally required to issue marriage licences and if states were required to recognise same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
About Follow Donate. Support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown over the past 15 years. And today, support for same-sex marriage remains near its highest point since Pew Research Center began polling on this issue.
More Americans also say evangelical Christians, business corporations and the military will lose than gain influence in Washington. Pope Francis made news recently by voicing his support for same-sex civil unions. The statement struck observers as a shift for the Vatican. In most of the 18 countries analyzed, religiously unaffiliated adults were more likely to say homosexuality should be accepted by society. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.