With Clinton waiting nearby, Sanders blamed her for supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred federal recognition of gay marriage, arguing that she is now misleading the public about her past views when she says that she only supported the law to prevent a constitutional amendment. There was a small minority opposed to discriminating against our gay brothers and sisters, and I am proud that I was one of those members! By all measures, Sanders was ahead of his time in supporting gay rights. In , as mayor of Burlington, he signed a Gay Pride Day proclamation calling it a civil rights issue. He was one of just 67 members in the House of Representatives to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act, a politically tough decision he prides himself on and points to as a key progressive bona fide. But his record on gay marriage is more complicated than he now makes it sound.
States across U.S. still cling to outdated gay marriage bans
5 facts about same-sex marriage | Pew Research Center
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States is significantly supportive, with a majority of Americans being in favor of same-sex marriage. Today, support for gay marriage is in the low 70s. Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has changed radically since polling of the American people regarding the issue was first conducted in Continual polling by Gallup over the course of more than two decades has shown that support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly, while opposition has simultaneously collapsed. While this is a drop when compared to , same sex marriage approval still remains stable. This marked the first Pew poll where a majority of Baby Boomers supported same-sex marriage, did not oppose same-sex marriage.
By Reuters Staff. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U. Some 53 percent of the 4, Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in , when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.
After the unexpected decision by the US supreme court not to hear a series of appeals, same-sex marriage is now legal in 32 US states. So what about the 18 remaining states? South Carolina, Montana and Kansas are in this category, covered by the fourth, ninth, and 10th circuits. In other states, even if a district judge rules that a ban is unconstitutional, the case would still need to run up the appeals process.