Polling On Interracial Marriage Suggests Long But Inevitable Road For Same-Sex Couples


Gallup - Interracial Marriage (7-25-13)

Gallup has released a new look at its polling on both interracial marriage and same-sex marriage in the U.S. Juxtaposed, they confirm that marriage equality truly is inevitable — disproving conservative attempts to compare it to the issue of abortion — but they also suggest that justice is quite delayed for the gay community.

Interracial marriage has been legal across the country since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Loving v. Virginia in 1967. Today, approval stands at 87 percent, having climbed consistently since 1959, when just 4 percent were willing to sign on. As for same-sex marriage, 54 percent support marriage equality, once again demonstrating a majority of support that follows steady increases over the past two decades. That trend will likely continue as it has for interracial marriage, as even opponents admit to its inevitability.

Despite recent victories, these numbers still suggest that same-sex couples are far behind in terms of their equal treatment under the law relative to their public support. Interracial marriage did not reach a majority of support until after 1995, about 30 years after it was legal nationwide. Though the Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act last month means that the federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages, most states still do not. Given a majority of voters has supported marriage equality for several years already, nationwide recognition is arguably 30 years behind similar issues.

Ensuring the freedom to marry for all families will still require quite a bit of work, but if polling is any indication, there is good reason to have hope — and tenacity.

Gallup - Same-Sex Marriage (7-29-13)