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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

As North Carolina gets ready to vote to ban both gay marriage and civil unions, there is new evidence that support for gay marriage continues to rapidly increase — but that only means that, as of now, roughly half of Americans support it.

Trend: 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?

The graphic above is from a recent Gallup poll (an NBC News/WSJ poll raked in similar numbers). Intriguingly for Democrats, almost 60 percent of independents support it — a sign that “freedom to marry,” as progressives now call it, is not just a base-rallying issue but possibly a position that could help swing elections.

  • The use of the word ‘popular’ is misleading and incorrect. Acceptance or tolerance of the practice would better serve the discussion. Popular makes it sound like a game show or a choice of fast foods. On the other hand if the use of the word makes it easier for those leaning to the right to understand the issue, by all means use the term.