Younger Generation Favors Gay Marriage

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – New data released by the Pew Research Center says many young people support gay marriage. The most surprising group of young people includes conservatives and those who align with the Republican party.

According to our news partners at, the majority of young Republicans 18-29 years old favor same-sex marriage with an approval rating of 61 percent. Thirty-five percent of young Republicans oppose the marriages.

The ideals are not shared by an older generation of Republicans, ages 50 and older, who only have a 27 percent approval rate of same-sex marriages.

The research shows younger Democrats are also more in favor of same-sex marriage than their older counterparts. Their approval rate is 77 percent in the study, which is 11 points higher than older Democrats.

This push comes after last summer’s Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, which says states do not have to recognize marriages or bonds with same-sex couples that are recognized in other states. Both Republicans and Democrats, young and old, call for a change to more moderate standards, though.

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