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February 21, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Poll: Majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage
More than half of Americans now support same-sex marriage. The supporters began outnumbering the opposition in the middle of 2010. In 2011, the two sides tied and supporters are pulling ahead again, according to a Gallup poll.
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing two cases regarding same-sex marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act and the legality of California’s Proposition 8 repealing same-sex marriage. Our editorial board called for the court to make marriage equality the law of the land in a December editorial. On New Year’s Day, our board again said it’s time for the court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.
The illegality of same-sex marriage is as outdated as the ban on dancing in the movie “Footloose.”
While the justices will ultimately rule based on the legal merits of each case, the rest of the country — including the president who nominates them and the senators who confirm them — can judge whether they reflect the zeitgeist.
Check out this AP interactive on the poll results.