Where 58 percent of Americans now support gay marriage, only 39 percent of Republicans support it, with 59 percent of Republicans opposing it. But this work won't be finished until more allies -- and new allies -- from the left and the right decide to work together in good faith and make LGBT civil rights a national and bipartisan priority. Gay wedding cake ruling reaffirms that businesses can't discriminate. The survey found that a majority of the conservative Baby Boomer generation, for the first time, favored same-sex marriage, with 56 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed. This is the first time a majority of Republicans have said homosexuality should be accepted by society in Pew Research Center surveys dating to They are very close to evenly split, with 48 percent of those polled opposed, and 47 percent in favor.
This generational difference in whether Americans believe LGBTQ people should be permitted to legally marry is evident across the partisan divide.
Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage
Conservative Utah adopted LGBT protections in employment and housing, but left business services to a future debate. Survey Reports Nov 15, LGBTQ youth at risk. Oklahoma and Kansas just enacted laws empowering publicly funded adoption agencies to reject serving married same-sex couples. The share of the public that says belief in God is not morally necessary has edged higher over the past six years. American Unity Fund supports comprehensively amending the Civil Rights Act to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity while also codifying important protections for religious liberty. There is a strong correlation between age and the share saying it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person.
Although all generations showed an increase in support for same-sex marriage, age differences remain significant. But the Court also dodged -- for now -- the broader questions of religious freedom in the context of civil rights protections. It also stems from a belief that, in terms of raising a family, having a male and female authority figure is a healthier and more balanced way for a child to grow up. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors. Global warming and environmental regulation, personal environmentalism 8. This leaves the Republican Party in a tough spot. Some of them live in big cities in the South like Atlanta and Dallas, where they are protected by local ordinances.