The Numbers Don't Lie: Majority of Latinos Favor Same-Sex Marriage

The Numbers Don't Lie: Majority of Latinos Favor Same-Sex Marriage
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A new survey from the Pew Research Center released Monday showed that same-sex marriage approval among Latinos is at its highest, with more than half of Hispanic respondents supporting gay couples tying the knot.

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According to the survey, 56 percent of Latinos say they support gay marriage, with 22 percent saying they “strongly favor” it and 34 percent noting that they “favor the idea.”

Support for same-sex marriage is up across African Americans and whites as well, with the spike attributed to young people. Seventy-three percent of millennials, those who are currently between the ages of 18 and 34, favor legal recognition of same-sex marriage, with 43 percent saying that they “strongly favor” it. Researchers believe that as this generation of young people enters into adulthood, their progressive ideologies around LGBT issues will have more influence on public opinion.

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Here’s hoping they’re right, because, as important as the issue of same-sex marriage is, it’s past time for mainstream conversations on LGBTQIA+ issues to go beyond the narrowed conversation of marriage equality.