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Support for Same-Sex Marriage Is Surging Among Republicans

A detailed photo of holding hands during same-sex marriage support rally in West Hollywood celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 26, 2015Joe Kohen Getty Images

Exactly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples could marry in all 50 states, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.

Attitudes on the issue have changed significantly over a relatively short period of time: In 2010, for example, more Americans opposed allowing gays and lesbians to get married than supported it.

In recent years, a number of groups that have traditionally been against same-sex marriage have shifted their perspectives. In 2016, more Baby Boomers opposed it than supported it (48% versus 46%). Today, that equation has flipped, with 56% of the demographic in favor, and 39% opposed.

The same general progression is true for Republicans. In 2013, nearly two-thirds of the group (which includes Republican-leaning independents) opposed same sex-marriage. Fast forward just four years, and the breakdown is very different, with 47% in favor, and 48% against. For the first time ever, a majority of Republicans do not oppose same-sex marriage.