Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage

Gallup ran a poll on May 8th which determined that fifty percent of Americans support legal gay marriage.  This percentage dropped three points since last year; however, this year marks just the second year since Gallup began tracking this question that at least 50% of Americans supported legal gay marriage.  On the other hand, 48% believe gay marriage should not be permitted.  In 1996, when Gallup first began tracking the gay marriage debate, only 27% supported legalizing gay marriage and 68% were opposed.  65% of Democrats believe gay marriage should be legal, while only 22% of Republicans approve.  This stark contrast between political parties characterizes the hotly contested debate in America, and this poll underscores the divisiveness of the issue.
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