For example, did you hear the lengthy National Public Radio call-in show on Monday about New York’s legalization of gay marriage? Most callers seemed to be cheering—but most callers that NPR put on the air were either gay themselves or they were young.
How about you? Do you support the legalization of same-sex marriage? Why or why not?
A POLITICAL LANDMARK: GALLUP POLL SHIFTS ON GAY MARRIAGE
One of the strongest arguments that a tide is turning in American culture is this news item: Last month, for the first time ever, more than half of Americans (53%) said they support gay marriage, according to a Gallup poll. The venerable survey outfit has been tracking attitudes about this issue since 1996.
BUT LOOK CLOSER: WHO’S NOT CHEERING?
Attitudes are changing, but not among all political groups. Gallup finds that the shift to majority support comes exclusively from Democrats and independents. Over two-thirds of Democrats (69%) and six of ten independents (59%) now support the legalization of gay marriage. Republicans, however, have not changed their attitudes on the issue. Only 28% of those affiliated with the GOP favor gay-marriage legalization.
It’s also true, Gallup reports, that support for gay marriage varies by age. Younger Americans overwhelmingly support it, while Americans 55 and older tend to oppose it. Given that values change by what is euphemistically called “intergenerational replacement,” it seems like the tide will continue to turn.
DO YOU SEE A TIDE TURNING?
WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN NEXT?
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.