Gallup poll: No change in gay marriage attitudes

July 29th, 2013 | by Barrett Newkirk | Comments

James Eastin, 74, (left) and Allan Murdock, 83, (right) exchange vows during their wedding in council chambers by Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet on Monday, July 1, 2013 in Palm Springs. Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun

The latest opinion poll on gay marriage from the people at Gallup shows no change in attitudes since the two Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage earlier this summer.

Gallup asked Americans whether gay marriages should be recognized with the same rights as men and women who are married. The 54 percent who said same-sex couples should have the same rights was essentially the same as when the survey was done in May and in November 2012.

“It thus appears that these much-anticipated, and widely covered, [Supreme Court] decisions did not cause any realignment of public opinion, at least in the short term,” Gallup wrote on its website.

A slight majority of Americans, 52 percent, said they would vote in favor of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, while 43 percent said they would vote against it.

At a panel discussion in Palm Springs last week, Geoff Kors, the former head of Equality California, who is now with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said gay marriage activists want to keep pushing so that by 2016 half the U.S. population lives in states with legal gay marriage.

Gallup has an interesting, but not totally surprising, breakdown of how different groups answered the question about a national gay marriage law. People who identified as liberals, not religious or Democrats expressed the most support. Republicans, conservatives and people who attend church weekly were the least supportive. Younger people were more supportive than older people, and women were more supportive than men.

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