For the First Time, a Majority of Republicans Support Same-Sex Marriage
For the first time, a majority of Republicans support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). The PRRI poll—conducted throughout 2020—finds U.S. support for same-sex marriage now stands at 67 percent, up from 61 percent in 2017 and 36 percent in 2007. Much of the recent rise can be attributed to growing support by conservatives and independents.
In 2020, 51 percent of the Republicans polled by PRRI said they support granting legal marriage rights to same-sex couples. This is up from 47 percent in 2019 and 31 percent in 2011.
Support has also increased among people identifying as politically independent: 72 percent in 2020, up several percentage points from 2019 and up from 47 percent in 2011.
At 76 percent, support for same-sex marriage among Democrats is about where it was in 2018 (following a slight dip in 2019) and up from 58 percent in 2011.
The latest poll results are based on telephone interviews with more than 10,000 Americans conducted throughout 2020; the margin of error is plus or minus 1.1 percentage point.
These days, “majorities of most religious groups support same-sex marriage,” notes PRRI. Support was highest (76 percent) among Americans who described themselves as religious and non-Christian, followed by white Catholics (75 percent), white mainline Protestants (72 percent), and Hispanic Catholics (71 percent).
“Majorities of Black Protestants (57%), other Protestants of color (56%), and Hispanic Protestants (51%) support same-sex marriage,” notes PRRI. Support was lowest among white evangelical Protestants: 43 percent.
A federal appeals court is considering the constitutionality of surveillance cameras installed outside people’s homes. From Courthouse News:
Can police install a secret video camera outside someone’s home and record everything that happens there for eight months? The First Circuit seemed dubious during oral argument Tuesday, but the judges also struggled to figure out where to draw the line as to when police need a warrant for their high-tech surveillance.
“Wouldn’t many of us feel insecure if we suddenly found out a camera was recording everything that happened in the curtilage of our house?” asked U.S. Circuit Judge William Kayatta.
“That would make me feel insecure,” the Obama appointee said. “Why wouldn’t most people feel that way?”
U.S. Circuit Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, a fellow Obama appointee, complained that the government was arguing that its right to spy on people “should be limitless.”
“Are we just going to put these cameras in front of everybody’s ho
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