Regarding Gay Marriage, Young Women Will Lead the Way
June 9, 2006, 8:25 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian, Uncategorized

The latest Gallup pole published May 22 suggests that Americans are tightly divided in their reactions to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 50% of Americans say they would favor such an amendment, while 47% are opposed.

This line falls strictly along party lines. According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey conducted May 8-11, two-thirds of Republicans (66%) favor a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a heterosexual institution, while a majority of Democrats (55%) oppose this.

Although only half of all Americans favor a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages, the same poll finds a solid majority (58%) opposed to granting such marriages the same legal rights as traditional marriages.

However, distinct generational and gender differences characterize these attitudes, suggesting that the future of the marriage equality movement rests in the hands of young American women.


A majority of women ages 18-49 say marriage between same-sex couples should be legally valid compared with only about 30% of women over 50. On the other hand, young men ages 18-49 were less likely to think same-sex marriage should be legally valid than their older counterparts, men ages 50 and older.


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