Gay Marriage

More Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage Than Ever

Republicans nearly at majority approval.


Gay marriage

As Gay Pride month draws toward a close, a new poll by the Pew Research Center suggests the fight over same-sex marriage in the United States is over. This is not Roe v. Wade 2.0.

Sixty-two percent of Americans support legal recognition for married gay couples, while only 32 percent opposed, according to the latest poll numbers gathered earlier in June. Gay marriage and homosexuality itself does not represent the cultural divide it used to and is becoming "normalized" in the eyes of most Americans.

It's worth remembering majority support for same-sex marriage recognition surpassed opposition for the first time in 2011. This shift has taken place over just six years.

Pew notes that demographic groups historically more opposed to same-sex marriage have shifted significantly. For the first time a majority of baby boomers support legal recognition. Over the past two years, support for recognition among African Americans has increased from 39 percent to 51 percent. Support from younger white evangelical Christians has jumped from 29 percent to 47 percent in just a year.

In terms of the political fight over who "owns" the LGBT vote, it's worth noting what's going on with Republicans. For the first time, opposition to legal recognition among Republicans and Republican leaners has dropped below the majority. It's nearly split now—47 percent favor recognition while 48 percent oppose it.

That shift in the political winds is very important in terms of how elements of the LGBT movement are attempting to tie it to "The Resistance" and reinforce the idea that the real LGBT political movement leans to the left.

The end result this year has been a purging of actual LGBT people from pride marches for not holding the right views or for being—interestingly enough—members of disfavored groups. A gay supporter of President Donald Trump became a national news story because a pride parade in Charlotte, North Carolina, is refusing to let him participate.

In cities like Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., protesters attempted to block police participation in the parade, in some sort of attempt to draw attention to police abuse. In Chicago, people said they were told they could not wave flags displaying the Star of David and express their Jewish heritage within the parade because it made others uncomfortable.

In each of these cases, people are trying to purge other LGBT participants for reasons that have little to do directly with the gay community. Trying to ban the police was particularly loathsome (and you could tell from responses to the behavior in the media coverage), given that gay people have both been fighting for years to get police to treat them with respect and to serve as openly gay police officers. The political roots of gay pride are deeply embedded in stopping police violence targeting gay people. That's what the Stonewall Riots were about!

There's something particularly narcissistic about trying to purge your adversaries from your sight by denying them participation in these events and thinking that this is a useful response. There is nothing about purging police from a march that's going to improve the relationship between police and minority communities. Purging Jewish flags is not going to do a single thing to improve the relationship between Israel and Palestine.

That support for gay marriage has so dramatically increased is a direct reflection of the value of participation, not of purging and segregation. LGBT people are increasingly visible in all communities (not just urban enclaves), and the realization that gay marriage helps strengthen families and social stability has undoubtedly contributed to the dramatic drop in resistance to gay relationships.

Activists might want to keep that in mind before trying to deliberately boot people out of the movement.

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  1. Might as well get a jump and put up the graph showing support for man-duck marriages.

    1. That’s chickens you racist fuck, and it’s nothing to laugh at. What SIV and his life-partner share is a beautiful bond.

      1. What!?!?!?!?? We switched from gerbils?
        We switched from gerbils and nobody told me?
        We switched from gerbils, nobody told me, and we switched *to* chickens??
        And now we’re switching from chickens to **ducks**???
        That’s going too far.
        You sick fucks.

      2. #chickenlover

        1. #chickenchoker

  2. they could not wave flags displaying the Star of David and express their Jewish heritage within the parade because it made others uncomfortable.

    Oh, FFS! That ban makes *me* uncomfortable, so reverse it.

    1. That makes me think you mean uncomfortable in your pants, which makes me uncomfortable but not in my pants. Ban pants.

    2. Tactic of the left and it’s so transparent. If they don’t like something, just make up some bullshit about how it makes you feel “threatened” or “unsafe”, since “that offends me” doesn’t seem to work as much as it did.

      Like whenever an SJW type claims death threats and harassment online — that’s a sympathy tactic. There’s almost no evidence of actual harassment or death threats, and more often then not, those are fabricated by them or their own supporters.

      1. A few of my ancestors were victims of the holocaust, so whenever someone is banned from something simply for being Jewish, it makes me pretty damn uncomfortable.

        That this is coming from more or less the same crowd that goes around accusing everyone who doesn’t fully agree with them on every issue of being fascists or Nazis, it is either deeply ironic or a classic case of projection. Or both.

        1. The problem wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep adding more issues. But I noticed that of “left” activists 40 yrs. ago, i.e. that they form an organiz’n ostensibly about a single issue, then they start adopting official positions on every other matter that comes before them.

  3. RE: More Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage Than Ever
    Republicans nearly at majority approval.

    That’s because most Americans don’t give a shit who you sleep with.
    Most Americans have more important issues to address.

  4. I still do not support gay marriage. America’s gays are far too precious to subject them to marriage.

  5. In Chicago, people said they were told they could not wave flags displaying the Star of David and express their Jewish heritage within the parade because it made others uncomfortable.

    It would be delicious to have a Jewish Pride parade which banned rainbow flags.

    1. If only there were a way to wave a flag, in Chicago, with a six-pointed star on it. You know… cryptically.

      1. Many here won’t get the joke, not knowing Chi.’s flag has 4 6-pointed stars across the middle of it.

  6. Meh, I’m way ahead of his particular curve. I support every kind of marriage between consenting adults. Gay or straight, couples or groups, it’s okay. And for the right price, I will provide whatever kind of cake, pie, or edible you wish for your nuptial ceremony. But I must warn you I’m not a baker, so expect some kind of Duncan Hines box mix.

  7. You know who else booted people out of the movement?

    1. The makers of Immodim and other anti-diarrhea medications?

  8. I wonder what portion of Americans support government getting out of marriage entirely.

    We joke here, but if some church wants to let SIV marry a chicken, then god dammit it should happen.

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