GOP Heartbreak: 52% Of Americans Say Marriage Equality Should Be Legal In All 50 States

In short, old conservative Christian men from the South are the chief opponents of marriage equality. Image @ PensitoReview

In short, old conservative Christian men from the South are the chief opponents of marriage equality. Image @ PensitoReview

Conservatives are being backed into an ever smaller corner this week as a new Gallup poll reveals that 52 percent of Americans would vote in favor of a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states in the nation. Only 43 percent would oppose.

The poll was conducted after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this month, and while it indicates that the Court’s ruling caused no shift in support or opposition of marriage equality, it is clear that most Americans still favor allowing same-sex couples to marry. 54 percent of Americans back recognition of same-sex marriages and that number remains virtually unchanged since November 2012.

But what’s interesting is the breakdown of the numbers regarding a sweeping federal marriage equality law.

Those who overwhelmingly support such a law include 56 percent of women, 54 percent of whites, 77 percent of liberals, 70 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of moderates, 69 percent of young people aged 18-34, 52 percent of people aged 35-54, 76 percent of people who don’t have a religion, and 67 percent of those who rarely or never attend church. Surprisingly, even 60 percent of Catholics support a federal marriage equality law despite the Church’s position in opposition to homosexuality.

So who is against the idea of a federal marriage equality law? Well, it’s not a tough guess. Only 48 percent of men, 43 percent of Southerners, 38 percent of those 55 and older, 30 percent of conservatives and Republicans, and 23 percent of regular churchgoers can bring themselves to support legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states. In short, old conservative Christian men from the South are the chief opponents of marriage equality.

While it is clear that Americans would vote to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the entire nation today if they could, only Congress can pass federal laws. And since Republicans control the House and block virtually every bill they can find in the Senate, a federal marriage equality law has no chance at the moment. But, the tide is swiftly turning. Marriage equality is now consistently supported by a clear majority of Americans. Even Republicans are beginning to realize that standing in the way of equality is political suicide. And considering the fact that 70 percent of young people support marriage equality, we can expect future polls to show higher and higher percentages in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage as the older population disappears.

Polls in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Tennessee all show majority support of marriage equality. Three of these states are considered major swing states on Election Day. So if Republicans still want to win in these states, they should consider jumping on the marriage equality bandwagon sooner rather than later or risk being left behind.

Opposing marriage equality right now may help Republicans in the short term, but once their base begins to die off, holding on to such bigoted and hateful positions will lead to their political demise, as there will be no toleration of inequality as the youth of America take over the reins of the nation. That means someday, a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states will become a reality whether conservatives like it or not.