Public attitudes toward marriage equality have changed and changed quickly in the 10 years since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became the first state in the Union to legalize same-sex marriage. According to new polling data from the Public Religion Research Institute, support for allowing same-sex couples to legally wed jumped from 32 percent in 2003 to 53 percent in 2013.
That 21 percent jump is one many interesting data points in the PRRI survey. Below is a cheat sheet on state and regional numbers. I threw in Catholics and millennials because they never cease to fascinate. Catholics (57 percent) support for marriage equality is a big deal because of church opposition. Millennial support (69 percent) is a big deal because it’s NOT a big deal to them.
Update, 12:45 p.m.: The cheat sheet now reflects 2003 polling data for millennials and for the Northeast, West, Midwest and South.
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