Support for gay marriage has increased
in all 50 states, and 20 states and the District of Colombia will
have majority support by the end of 2014.
Those are the conclusions of a report
released last week by the UCLA's School of Law's Williams Institute.
According to the report, titled Public
Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State, 12 states
and the District of Colombia had support for marriage equality at or
above 50% by the end of 2012.
An additional 13 states currently are
within 5 percentage points of majority support. And support over the
last eight years has increased in all 50 states, with an average
increase of 13.6%.
“The results indicate that all of the
states have increased in their approval of marriage recognition for
same-sex couples since 2004,” the report's authors wrote. “In
2004, there was not a single state that had a majority in favor of
States with the lowest levels of
support include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Additionally, the authors estimate that
all 50 states will reach majority support in slightly less than 20