Gay marriage support hits record high ahead of Supreme Court case

Fri. April 24, 2015 7:49 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

A new poll released Thursday found record high support for marriage equality.

According to the Washington Post/ABC News telephone poll of 1,016 adults conducted April 16-20, 61 percent of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, while 35 percent remain opposed.

Support is highest among adults under age 30, 78 percent of whom support such unions. Support among Americans 65 and over has increased from 18 percent in 2005 to 46 today, pollsters reported.

Republicans remains opposed, with 6 in 10 supporting state bans.

Gay couples can marry in 36 states, plus the District of Columbia. Contradictory rulings in Alabama have put same-sex wedding plans on hold in that state.

A large majority of respondents (61%) also oppose state bans, and 62 percent say states should recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay couples.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging restrictive marriage bans in four states – Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. A ruling is expected in June.

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