As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two high-profile cases this week – California’s Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act – 60 percent of Americans think the federal government should legally recognize existing same-sex marriages and provide them the same federal benefits the government provides to heterosexual married couples. Just 35 percent do not think the government should do this.
The legality of same-sex marriage varies by state. When it comes to who should decide this issue, most Americans- 62 percent – think the decision should be left up to each individual state government, while just 26 percent think it should be up to the federal government.
Meanwhile, a slight majority of Americans (53 percent) thinks it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry.
- Poll: 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage
- Supreme Court proceeds cautiously on same-sex marriage
- The Caucus: Polls Show Consistent Gains in Support for Same-Sex Marriage (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Day Two of same-sex marriage at Supreme Court (wyff4.com)
- Supreme court to continue hearing same-sex marriage arguments (wgntv.com)
- Same-sex marriage debate hits home in Chicago (cltv.com)
- Poll: 56% Say Federal Govt. Should Recognize Same-Sex Marriages (fox2now.com)
- Governor still opposed to same-sex marriage (KOB.com)