A few days ago, I wrote about how gay parents have become more socially accepted than single moms. That article said that 50 % of Americans support gay marriage.
The truth is even better: a new study released today shows that for the first time, a majority of Americans support marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. The study, conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, found that 53% of Americans say same-sex marriage should be legal. Just a year ago, that number was only 47%.
The improved support for same-sex marriage follows a long trend. Americans have been coming out in greater numbers to support same-sex marriage since 2004, when only a third supported it.
As gay and lesbian families become more visible in the media, they’re gaining greater social acceptance. This seems like a trend that can only continue. Hopefully, it will soon mean widespread legal recognition for same-sex partnerships.
Here in my home state of Massachusetts, the first state to legally recognize gay marriages, it’s become a non-issue. Marriage is still special for the people doing it, but the political drama over gay marriage has died off to basically nothing. Marriage is just marriage.
I’m looking forward to the day when same-sex couples everywhere can enjoy the same social, legal and political privileges heterosexual couples do now. It’ll be a great day when we’re not writing any more articles about gay marriage because it’s just a normal part of everyday life.