A majority of Republicans are “OK” with same-sex marriage for the first time.
Five years after the landmark Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land, 51% of Republicans said they supported marriage equality, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll that looked at data from 2020. In 2019, 47% of Republicans felt the same way.
The poll, which was released on Tuesday, said that 67% of all Americans support marriage equality. Seventy-two percent of independents back marriage equality, and 76% of Democrats say they are in favor of it. The poll also showed majority support for marriage equality among all the religious groups it surveyed, with the exception of white evangelical Protestants.
Sixty-two percent of Republicans say they favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. Eight-five percent of Democrats and 79% of Independents say the same. The Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide safeguards to LGBTQ people in housing, public accommodations, jury service, and more, passed the House in February and is under consideration in the Senate.
Guess I’m okay with 51 percent.