We noted yesterday that the Democratic Party was almost certainly adding Marriage Equality to its party platform at this year’s convention, along with other supportive GLBTQ policies.
Today, a report from Pew Research Institute shows further correlation between the Democratic party and marriage equality.
Just four years ago, in 2008, only half (50%) of Democrats favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 42% were opposed. Support for gay marriage among Democrats has jumped to 65% today, more than double the percentage that is opposed (29%)… Independent support for gay marriage [also] has grown substantially since 2008. More independents today favor (51%) than oppose (40%) gay marriage.
Support for marriage equality is, in fact, growing across all party lines. But while support jumped into the majority for Independents and to nearly 2/3 of all Democrats, overall support for marriage rights remain low among Republicans. According to Pew, "Just 24% of Republicans now favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, which is only slightly higher than the percentage of Republicans who supported gay marriage in 2008 (19%)."
It feels pretty wild, in this day and age, that an issue of social justice could be so partisan. But there you have it.