Poll: Majority support federal recognition of marriage equality

Marriage Equality Supporters

Marriage equality supporters Teri McClain, left, and Mary Beth Brotski in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

BY ZACK FORD
ThinkProgress

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that nearly two-thirds of voters (63 percent) support the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages when they’re legal in states, while only 34 percent oppose this recognition. This is the question the Supreme Court is weighing in a case about the Defense of Marriage Act. The poll also found that a majority (53 percent) continues to support same-sex marriage, while only 42 percent oppose it.

One other interesting finding shows that there has been a similar trend in regards to whether people believe individuals are born gay or if it’s a choice. In 2013, many more individuals understand that sexual orientation is an innate identity (50-31) than they did in 1999 (41-38), a 16 point shift.

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