It has been roughly one year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. As residents in Virginia and the rest of the country have had some time to get used to this regardless of their personal views on the matter, it is interesting to look at how opinions have shifted in general over the past few years. Information provided by the Pew Research Center gives a glimpse into such views.
Data from a current-year poll indicates that women tend to be slightly more accepting of gay marriage than do men. Similarly, white Americans are more favorable toward same-sex marriage than their black counterparts. From a political perspective, people who identify themselves as Democrats or independents support marriage for gay and lesbian couples in far greater numbers than do those who identify themselves as republicans. People with no religious affiliation have the highest level of support for gay marriage followed by white mainstream Protestants and Catholics who have similar levels of support for it. While evangelicals and black protestants have the lowest level of support for gay marriage.
Perhaps one of the most interesting trends to see is how Americans, in general, have changed their opinion of same-sex marriage over a 15-year period. The most recent polling shows that 55 percent of people support it while 37 percent do not. This is almost exactly the opposite result from 2001.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but to give an overview of how the views of same-sex marriage are changing in the United States, including in Virginia.