Support For Marriage Equality Reaches New High But Republicans Still Oppose It

Support for same-sex marriage continues to steadily grow. According to Gallup, support has reached a new high with 55 percent of Americans now in favor same-sex marriage. From Gallup:

Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?

This impact this will have on marriage equality laws around the country is probably very small because we have already moved from the issue being fought primarily at the ballot box to it being fought in federal courtrooms.

This issue will still likely have an impact on broader politics though, because it is going to leaving the Republicans party in an awkward place for the next several years. Support for same-sex marriage has grown much more slowly in the Republican base. Gallup found only 30 percent of Republicans think same-sex marriage should be legal while 58 percent of Independents do.

Republican politicians trying to win primaries or keep their base happy on this issue run the risk of alienating general election voters. While it is not only ranked as a top concern for voters, opposition to marriage equality is an automatic disqualifier for some.

This problematic dynamic will likely play out in a very public way during the 2016 Republican Presidential primary. By then overall support for marriage equality will likely be even higher, but it will probably still be opposed by a clear majority of GOP primary voters.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (