Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Battles Will Shift South

A battle lies ahead to legalize same-sex marriage in the southern states, says Gallup. Every state in the South has a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

A solid 55 percent majority of Americans nationwide agree that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid, according to a recent Gallup poll. By region, support is greatest in the eastern states at 67 percent. Every state in the Northeast now allows same-sex marriage. Pennsylvania was the last to give way when a federal judge yesterday ruled unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

In the West, 58 percent of the public supports same-sex marriage, and in the Midwest the figure is 53 percent. Only in the South is support for same-sex marriage below the majority, at 48 percent. "Public opinion in southern states will be a barometer to observe," says Gallup, "as the bulk of future legal battles will play out there in the months and years to come."

Source: Gallup, Same-Sex Marriage Support Reaches New High at 55%

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