Pew Poll: Support for Same-Sex Marriage, Relationships Holds Steady One Year After Court Ruling 

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In a landmark 5-4 vote June 2015, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right for same-sex couples to marry nationwide. Almost a year later, the Pew Research Center has released the results of a poll indicating support among Americans for same-sex marriages and relationships remains largely unchanged.

According to the report, overall support for same-sex marriage has held steady at 55 percent, while overall opposition has also been static at 37 percent. Though change in public opinion on this and some other LGBT issues has been flat, they indicate opinion has practically reversed on them in the past decade when, in 2006, support for same-sex marriage was measured at 35 percent and opposition was measured at 55 percent.

The results largely reflect political divisions. Overall, 60 percent of those identifying as Republicans oppose same-sex marriage, though 55 percent of moderate/liberal Republicans support it. Among Democrats, support for same-sex marriage is at 70 percent, with moderate/conservative Democrats being 59 percent in favor and liberal Democrats being 84 percent in favor of same-sex marriage.

Approval and opposition also varied widely among supporters of 2016 presidential candidates.

Among supporters of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, 52 percent registered opposition to same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, supporters of Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage, with 68 percent of Clinton and 83 percent of Sanders supporters saying they're in favor, and 26 percent of Clinton and 15 percent of Sanders supporters saying they are opposed.

The poll also uncovered details of how same-sex relationships are perceived in general. Currently, 63 percent of those polled said same-sex relationships should be accepted by society while just 28 percent said they should be discouraged.

The report is based on a March poll conducted with 2,254 adults living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The most detailed information on Pew's methodology can be found on its website.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Idaho in October 2014, after a ruling from U.S. Judge Candy Dale that same-sex couples' Constitutional rights had been violated by the Gem State's same-sex marriage ban was upheld.
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