A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows support for gay marriage equality at a new high with 58% of Americans stating they support marriage equality. It’s no surprise that people between 18-29 years old support marriage equality by an enormous margin: 81% of people in that age group favor it. The real surprise is that the report also shows that a majority of Republicans are now in support though their level of support is a smaller margin than other groups.
Also the results suggest that even in states where marriage equality is still illegal, there is majority support for it. The report goes on to state that the public’s opinion of homosexuality as a whole has changed. Polling shows that 62 percent of Americans now say being gay is just the way some people are, not something people choose to be. A significant increase over the same polling done several years ago.
It gives us a positive feeling going into the arguments that will take place in the Supreme Court next week as the Court prepares to decide the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The cases up for review are United States v. Windsor, a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s Proposition 8.