A few months back news came out that over 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage. Recently, Rhode Island became the tenth state to legalize same sex marriage. There is a growing trend towards marriage equality in the country, but where is it coming from? Young people seem to share a large part of the blame. Pew Research Center recently released a poll showing that as much as seventy percent of young adults favor same-sex marriage. The young adults in this poll were “Millennials,” or those born after 1980. The report credits the Millennial generation for the overall shift in supporting same-sex marriage. When polled the major factor that led people to change their minds to favor same-sex marriage was knowing someone who is homosexual. The least influential change cited morality or religion for the shift in acceptance.
Age seems to be a strong factor in determining whether or not someone favors same-sex marriage. Noticeably, each generation’s average view on same sex marriage follows a trend, with the older generations disfavoring same-sex marriage with the highest frequency. This is strong motivation to think that same-sex marriage is now inevitable country wide and the question is no longer if, but when. In another poll (LifeWay), 64 percent of those polled agreed that same-sex marriage will become legal across the entire United States. It appears that many times society, unfortunately, progresses one funeral at a time.