Support for Gay Marriage Among Millenials Hits Record High
Support for gay marriage among youths is now at a record high, with new findings by the Pew Research Center showing that over 70 percent of young people today currently support the idea of marriage equality, making those born between 1981 and 2000, often referred to as Millenials, the most gay-friendly generation of all-time.
Support for marriage equality among the age group has increased substantially as the generation has come of age, having jumped from 64 percent in 2012 and 51 percent at the time of President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Slightly more support gay rights and the acceptance of gay people without backing legalization of gay marriage at 74 percent.
In comparison, only 49 percent of those in Generation X support gay marriage, while just 28 percent of Baby Boomers feel the same way. In total, an estimated 49 percent of all Americans are currently in favor of gay marriage.
The findings back-up previous reports on Millenial’s feelings towards marriage equality, such as one study by ABC News and the Washington Post which found that 81 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 support gay marriage, while only 58 percent of all adults feel the same.
According to Pew, the sudden jump in popularity for gay marriage among adults is largely fueled by the increased proportion of Millenials within the population of US adults, which has increased from 9 percent to 27 percent in the last 10 years.
Pew also found that Millenials who have attended college are also much more likely to support LGBT equality, with 76 percent of college graduates stating that gay people should be granted all the rights that straight people are entitled to.
Findings by the Public Religion Research Institute have also found that Millenials are far more likely to support other LGBT issues outside of gay marriage as well, with approximately four out of five Millenials favoring laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination at work.