60 Percent Of Americans Will Soon Live In States With Marriage Equality

As the Huffington Post recently reported, with the US Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals from five states that were challenging lower-court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage, 60 percent of Americans will soon live in states with marriage equality: same-sex marriage will be legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

This latest decision by the Supreme Court reflects the country's changing attitude on gay marriage.  As Pew Research polls have shown, whereas Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57 percent to 35 percent margin in 2001, a majority (52%) now supports it.  Support for gay marriage has grown, albeit unevenly, across all socio-demographic groups.

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TeachingwithData.org resources:
Age and Attitudes about the Rights of Homosexuals: A Data-Driven Learning Guide (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3237)
Trends in Marriage Behavior (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3130)
Family Change 1950-1990 (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3112)
Marital Trends (http://www.teachingwithdata.org/resource/3116)
Frederique Laubepin

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