Just a quick note and another post-election follow-up on an issue of importance to the faith community.
A new Pew Research Center analysis shows a geographical split on gay marriage.As supporters of same-sex marriage won key victories in several states Tuesday, a new analysis of polling shows that 48% of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 43% oppose same-sex marriage. Just four years ago, in the 2008 election cycle, 51% opposed making same-sex marriages legal and 39% favored it.
But the new analysis finds that support is much stronger in some regions of the country than in others. States that approved measures this week are all in regions generally supportive of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Other parts of the country are not as supportive. For instance, in New England, 62% favor same-sex marriage, and 56% in the central Southern states (Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) oppose it.
The latest polling by the Pew Research Center also finds some narrowing of long-standing racial differences in attitudes toward gay marriage. Consistently over the past decade, blacks have been far less supportive of legalizing gay marriage than whites. But the latest survey conducted two weeks ago found blacks divided more evenly on this issue than in the past, with 44% in favor and 39% opposed to allowing gay marriage.
What are your thoughts on this controversial issue?