Gallup Poll: Support for Same-sex Marriage Reaches "Tipping Point"

By:  Raven Clabough
05/29/2014
       
Gallup Poll: Support for Same-sex Marriage Reaches "Tipping Point"

Polls are now showing that support for same-sex marriage has grown to more than half of Americans. The changing opinions correspond to a wave of rulings against bans on same-sex "marriages" in a number of states.

The question posed in the May 20 Gallup survey was, “Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?”

According to Gallup, support for same-sex "marriage" has now reached a “tipping point,” with 55 percent of Americans now voicing approval.

“For proponents of marriage equality, years of playing offense have finally paid off as this movement has reached a tipping point in recent years — both legally and in the court of public opinion,” Gallup notes in reporting that such support has “solidified above the majority level.”

The poll follows a wave of rulings over the course of the past six months wherein eight federal judges have struck down laws against same-sex "marriages" as unconstitutional.

For example, Arenda Wright Allen, a federal judge in Virginia, wrote,

Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.

Tradition is revered in the Commonwealth, and often rightly so. However, tradition alone cannot justify denying same-sex couples the right to marry any more than it could justify Virginia's ban on interracial marriage.

And in Michigan, District Judge Bernard Friedman, ruled,

State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people. No court record of this proceeding could ever fully convey the personal sacrifice of these two plaintiffs who seek to ensure that the state may no longer impair the rights of their children and the thousands of others now being raised by same-sex couples.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge John Jones III overturned a ban on gay marriage in the state of Pennsylvania, observing,

We now join the 12 federal districts across the country which, when confronted with these in their own states, have concluded that all couples deserve equal dignity in the realm of civil marriage.

"The fundamental right to marry as protected by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution encompasses the right to marry a person of one's own sex," asserted Jones, insisting that Pennsylvania's ban against same-sex "marriage" within the state as well as its failure to recognize such unions performed in other states, are unconstitutional.

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