For the first time a Gallup poll conducted in the US has found a majority in favour of marriage equality. Fifty three per cent of the 1,018 respondents support agreed that gay couples should have the right to marry. Last year, only 44 per cent said they agreed with gay couples marrying.
Forty-five per cent of said gay couples should not be allowed to wed, while two per cent said they did not know.
Republican support remained unchanged on just 28 per cent while Democrat support for the issue increased 13 per cent and independent support rose by 10 per cent.
Seventy per cent of people aged 18 to 34 support gay marriage, although among those over 55 per cent, support dropped to 39 per cent.
Anti-gay campaigner concedes battle against gay marriage is lost
Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, one of America’s most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. He told World magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.
Focus on the Family backs anti-gay marriage campaigns and lobbies politicians to support “traditional marriage”. Daly said: “We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favour same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age – demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.”
Daly said he had discussed the issue with gay marriage campaigners. “I sat down with one. He said, ‘You guys haven’t done so well with marriage. Why are you upset about us having a try?’ We’ve got to look at our own house, make sure that our marriages are healthy, that we’re being a good witness to the world. Then we can continue to work on defending marriage as best as we can. ”
Daly theorised that God was boosting the popularity of gay marriage and polygamy to spur Christians into action and encourage them to end ‘easy’ divorces. He said: “We’ve got to look at what God is doing in all of this. . . . Have we done such a poor job with marriage, is He so upset with our mishandling of it in the Christian community, along with our lust of the flesh as a nation, that He is handing us over to this polygamy and same-sex situation in order to, perhaps, drive the Christian community, the remnant, into saying, ‘OK, there’s no no-fault divorce in our church’?”