WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2013 ( – Support for same-sex “marriage” is split significantly along generational lines, with opposition to marriage redefinition remaining strong among older generations and only millennials mustering majority support, according to a recent poll.


A Pew Research Forum this month found that 70 percent of those born after 1981 favor marriage redefinition. No other generation crossed the threshold of 50 percent.

Support for preserving marriage tracked largely with age. The second greatest support for marriage redefinition was among Generation X, those born between 1965-1980, with 49 percent.

America's largest population bloc, Baby Boomers, trailed far behind, with only 38 percent in favor of homosexual “marriages.”

Their views are not so different from their parents, the Silent Generation. Less than one-third of those born before 1945 would redefine marriage.

Overall, opposition to same-sex “marriage” actually increased since last year, by one percent.

Forty-nine percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks approve of homosexual matrimony. Hispanic views were not reported separately.

The polling company did not report the level of opposition to same-sex “marriage.”

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Among religious communities, only a majority of the “unaffiliated” and white mainline Protestants support redefining marriage (77 percent and 55 percent). Some 48 percent of Catholics, 34 percent of black Protestants, and 24 percent of white evangelical Protestants said they support changing the definition.

Liberals strongly favored the change (72 percent), while conservatives strongly opposed it (only 27 percent back the idea). A majority of self-described “moderates” support the idea.


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