`60% Americans think govt should recognise same-sex marriages`

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:09

Washington: Sixty percent of Americans think the federal government should legally recognise existing same-sex marriages and provide them the same federal benefits the government provides to heterosexual married couples, according to a poll.

Only 35 percent do not think the government should do this.

This comes 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, reports CBS News.

Meanwhile, a slight majority of Americans (53 percent) thinks it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry.

Although public opinion on this topic has been consistent for the last few months, it has changed markedly from as recently as a year ago.

In May 2012, just after President Barack Obama announced his support for same sex marriage, 51 percent of Americans said it should not be legal for same-sex couples to marry.

The poll further suggests the extent to which people`s views have changed. Thirty-three percent of Americans who now think same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry say they once held the opposite view.

Similarly, just a third of Americans now think being gay or lesbian is something people choose to be; instead, 53 percent think it is something people cannot change. Twenty years ago, Americans were divided when they were asked whether being homosexual was a choice or not.

Most Americans who think same-sex relations are wrong believe being gay or lesbian is a choice. Those who do not think same-sex relations are wrong think being gay or lesbian is something people cannot change.

This poll was conducted from March 20-24, 2013 among 1,181 adults nationwide.

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First Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:09

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