Support of same-sex marriage grew in U.S. with legalization – research

Reuters

Thomson Reuters
By Sebastien Malo
Jan. 27, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Support of same-sex marriage grew twice as much in U.S. states where it was made legal in recent years than in states where it had not been approved, new research shows.

Nearly half the people opposed to same-sex marriage changed their minds in states where gay marriage became legal in 2012 and 2013, according to the study by two U.S. researchers.

In states where it was not approved, a quarter of the opponents changed their minds, the research found.

Gay marriage was legal in 36 of the 50 U.S. states when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples have the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the gay rights movement.

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