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Same-Sex Marriage Support Grows But Not Because of Obama

Generational replacement, not the President's announcement, is responsible for changing attitudes toward same-sex marriage, according to a poll conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Americans' attitudes toward same-sex marriage are changing but not because of President Barack Obama's endorsement of the issue, according to a poll released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The poll of 2,973 Americans between June 28-July 9, 2012 found that while partisan divide on the issue "continues to widen," support for same-sex marriage continues to increase among most groups.

Pew attributed the increases in large part to "generational replacement—the arrival of younger, more supportive generations making up a larger share of the population—"rather than presidential support of the issue.

The poll found that  earlier this year rallied Democratic support but little else.

"While President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage earlier this year drew significant news coverage and public interest, its effect on public opinion has been limited," according to the Pew poll.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law a bill that in Maryland.

Opponents have forced the bill to a referendum vote in November.

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Laura Jackson August 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
LOL, Ashley--about your article where a woman marries a Seattle building. I suppose she was gay as well. And, the Seattle building was built "like a brick house; so mighty, mighty--just lettin' it all hang out. She's a brick house. . . ." So, apparently, Seattle also approves of same-sex marriage.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Same sex marriage has been voted down whenever it appeared on a ballot so the article is just a fantasy.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin September 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Posting envy.
Brandon September 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I hope you realize that "tradition" evolves. The votes are closer each time. Its a matter of time before the results come out different. You just might be surprised this election. Wouldn't it a kick in your gut if your home state was the first to vote the other way? "Times, they are a changin' "
jnrentz1 September 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
The US Constitution is silent on marriage. And marriage is not a civil right.

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