Half of Americans believe that homosexual “marriages” should be made legal, with the same rights as traditional marriages, a recent Gallup Poll shows.
Although this number is down slightly from 53 percent last year, it is only the second time in Gallup’s history of tracking this issue that at least a majority of Americans support homosexual “marriage.” In 1996, when the Defense of Marriage Act was signed, only 27 percent of Americans supported such marriages.
In this recent poll, 48 percent said such marriages should not be legal.
The poll was conducted just before President Obama publicly declared his support of homosexual “marriage.”
At this same time, North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. In doing so, the state shut the door on the legalization of homosexual “marriages.” North Carolina is the 30th state to pass such an amendment.
The issue of homosexual marriage sharply divides the American public along political and religious lines. In the political arena, Democrats and independents largely favor it while Republicans oppose it, reports Gallup. The Catholic Church officially opposes it, while “significantly less than half of Protestants approve.” The people who do not identify with any religion “overwhelmingly approve.”
As reported by Associated Press, a voter in support of the North Carolina amendment stated, “I know that some people may argue that the Bible may not necessarily be applicable, or it should not be applicable, on such policy matters. But even looking at nature itself, procreation is impossible without a man and a woman. And because of those things, I think it is important that the state of North Carolina’s laws are compatible with the laws of nature but, more importantly, with the laws of God.”
For more information on the subject of homosexual “marriage” see the article, “Would Jesus Flip-Flop on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’?” ▪