Did you know that public support for marriage equality has skyrocketed over the past twelve years? Back in 2007, 54% of Americans opposed legalizing same-sex marriages. At the moment, 62% Americans support it.
What’s the most important reason to get married? Love!
Americans who identify as being members of the LGBT community predominantly cite love as the most crucial reason for getting married. 84% of LGBT adults and 88% of non-LGBT ones cited love as a very important reason for getting married in a survey in 2013. LGBT Americans were 50% more likely to cite legal rights and benefits as a key reason compared to the general public (46% versus 23%). Conversely, 49% of the general public cited having children as an important reason compared to 28% of LGBT.
Gay marriages are more numerous than ever
This might seem an obvious consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriages in some states, but it might not be the only factor. Just over 10% of LGBT community members are married to a partner of the same sex. Almost two-thirds of all same-sex couples in the US are now married.
Religion is still keeping us back
85% of religiously unaffiliated Americans favor same-sex marriage, as do 67% of Catholics and 68% of white Protestants. 44% of black Protestants pronounce themselves in favor of marriage equality. Just over 33% of white evangelical Protestants do so.
How much of a factor is generation?
56% of Baby Boomers (ages 53 to 71), 65% of Generation X (ages 37 to 52), and 74% of millennials (between 18 and 35) now support marriage equality. Unsurprisingly, only two-fifths of the Silent Generation (ages 72 to 89) support it.
Finally, the Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage. Among the other European countries that followed in their footsteps were Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, and Ireland. Taiwan is set to become the first Asian country to legalize it.