Most Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions

Most Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press have released the findings of their 2009 Religion and Public Life Survey. According to the report, Most Still Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions (16 pages, PDF), 57 percent of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions, up from 45 percent in 2003. In addition, 39 percent of respondents favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Over the past year, support for civil unions has grown significantly among individuals who oppose same-sex marriage — from 24 percent to 30 percent — while remaining stable among those who favor same-sex marriage.