By: Jack MacNamara, Staff Writer

It is a great day for the LGBTQ community as Gallup reported Monday May 15, that a record high number of adults say that same-sex marriage should be legal throughout the United States.

You will remember when Gallup first initiated their tracking system to include same-sex marriage back in 1996.The record high support of same-sex marriage hit 68 percent. This is what you call a true 360 turn in support as back in the 90s and early 2000s, support for same-sex marriage peaked at 35 percent. Now in 2017, the trend has reversed with 64 percent supporting same-sex marriage nationwide and only 34 percent in opposition of same-sex marriage.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, over Over 96,000 Same-Sex Marriages were performed just in the first year.

Gallup is showing a slight uptick in support of same-sex marriage as last year’s poll which is conducted annually on “values and beliefs”, showed only 61 percent in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage which made it the law of the land in 2015, state laws continue to resist the ruling and still are targeting the LGBTQ community with discrimination style legislation.

The breakdown in LGBT politics in Support for same-sex marriage has grown among all political parties since 1996.

Seventy-four percent of registered Democrats support same-sex marriage which is down 5 points from last year. 71 percent of independents and 47 percent of Republicans support same-sex marriage.

While this has been an explosive year for Republicans to identify with the LGBTQ community, GOP voters and Independents voters are showing a record high in support of same-sex marriage.

Now I know you were waiting on the great finale – The number of religious conservative voters who support same-sex marriage has also increased. Yes….”INCREASED”.  A majority of U.S. Catholics came in at 55 percent in support of same-sex marriage compared to 27 percent back in the days of “Queer as Folk” in the early 2000s.

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