In Just Eight Years An Enormous Number Of Americans Have Changed Their Minds On Gay Marriage

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There is one astonishing finding in the WSJ/NBC poll released this morning: Almost one out of every five Americans has changed their mind on gay marriage since 2004. 

Currently 49 per cent of the adults responding to the poll say they favour gay marriage. That’s up from 30 per cent in 2004. A jump of 19 points in less than a decade.

In 2004, when just 30 per cent of American adults supported gay-marriage rights, 11 states passed some kind of constitutional or statutory ban on the practice. Even with attitudes changing so quickly, those state mandates will be difficult to strike down.

The assumption that marriage is an opposite-sex institution has been around for thousands of years—and it is just crumbling. In the broad scheme of things, this societal change is happening almost instantly. 

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