When do you think marriage should start?
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A few weeks ago, the first couple got married in Utah, and now we know the rest of the country is ready to give it a go.
A new Pew Research Center poll finds that more than seven-in-ten Americans (71%) think the country should begin allowing same-sex couples to marry.
That’s the highest percentage of Americans who think the issue should be a national issue since 2009, when Gallup first asked the question.
The results also indicate that more Americans support same-gender marriage than oppose it.
Seven-inten (70%) say it should be legal, while just over half (52%) say that it should not be legal.
The poll also found that Americans are more likely than ever to think that same- gender couples should be allowed to adopt children.
Seven in 10 (69%) now support same gender parents being allowed to have children, up from 60% in 2013.
And while support for same- sex marriage is at an all-time high, support is much less widespread among people who don’t identify as either Republican or Democrat.
Just 31% of Democrats say they support same sex marriage, while 72% of Republicans do.
The numbers on adoption are more nuanced.
More than half of Americans (54%) favor same- parent adoption, while 36% oppose it, the survey found.
That’s down from a high of 59% in 2012.
The Pew Research poll also finds that about half of respondents believe it’s legal for same sex couples to get married.
Seven percent of those polled say it’s not legal.
A slim majority (53%) say same- Sex Marriage should be illegal, but that figure is down from 52% in 2010.
Still, Americans are split over the issue of whether to allow same- and opposite-sex civil unions.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans support civil unions, while 46% oppose them.
That split is about the same as in 2013, when 50% of Americans supported civil unions and 44% opposed them.
A majority of Americans still think the federal government should not interfere in states’ rights to define marriage.
Forty-four percent of adults say the federal Government should not meddle in states that allow same sex marriages.
Seventy-two percent of Republicans say that, compared to 53% of independents.
A few weeks ago, the first couple got married in Utah, and now we know the rest of the country…