Before the United States Supreme Court officially legalized same-sex marriage
nationwide on June 26
th, 2015, many polls suggested that more than half of Americans were in favor
of same-sex marriages. Now, less than a month later, the numbers have
According to an online poll conducted by the
Associated Press – who have released an article about it
here – roughly 42% of Americans are decidedly in favor of same-sex marriage
legalization now and 40% still oppose it. Those numbers come from the
extrapolated results of an online survey conducted between July 9
th and 13
th that included 1,004 adult Americans.
Has Support Really Dropped That Much?
The steep decline in support for same-sex marriage legalization presents
an interesting scenario, to say the least about it. Depending on which
polls you look at from the past, anywhere between 8 to 18% of supporters
have dropped off since the ruling. On the other hand, Americans who say
they are strictly against it have seemingly not increased at all. How
can this be possible?
The answer lies within the gray zone, where people are “unsure”
about how they feel about the issue. As protesters voiced their opinions
on the matter, citing potential violations to states’ rights as
well as the religious freedom of churches, people who were just on the
edge of support seem to have stepped away and distanced themselves from
the debate. Depending on how matters are handled in the near future, this
group could seemingly go either way.
Will Anything Change Because of This?
The Supreme Court’s ruling is still very young, and for there to
be shifts in its support is not entirely shocking. The changes to marriage
and divorce law will stay in place until the decision is altered or repealed,
and it is unlikely that this recent survey will immediately cause such
If you do have any questions regarding a same-sex family law dispute in
New York, call
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Proto & Sachs, LLP. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team have
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