Support for same-sex marriage matches record high
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The percentage of Americans who say that same-sex marriage should remain legal has returned to a record high after dipping slightly last year.

A Gallup poll released Monday found that 67 percent of U.S. adults believe that same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, tying a number previously seen in 2018. The percentage represents a 4-point swing in favor of same-sex marriage recognition since Gallup's poll was taken last year.

Sixty-seven percent is by far the highest percentage of Americans to support same-sex marriage in recorded history; the number has steadily increased since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment required states to recognize same-sex marriages in a split 5-4 decision.

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Gallup first recorded a majority of Americans supporting same-sex marriage in 2011. State recognition of same-sex marriages remains far more popular among Democrats (83 percent) than Republicans (49 percent); GOP opposition to same-sex marriage recognition at the state or federal level has always exceeded 50 percent, according to Gallup.

Independents support same-sex marriage recognition at a much higher rate than Republicans, according to the poll, with 71 percent of adults not registered to a major political party telling pollsters they support it.

Gallup's poll was conducted among 1,028 U.S. adults between May 1-13. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.