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Nation's attitudes about same-sex marriage changing

If you pay attention to the issues of same-sex couples, or if you have a pulse and live in America, you know that the Supreme Court just issued a ruling about the constitution's stance on legal, nationwide same-sex marriage. No matter how you look at it, same-sex marriage is a divisive issue, with select religious leaders and some holdouts still not willing to accept two people who love one another being able to express that love by tying the knot.

However, the Supreme Court's decision echoes the opinion of a majority of Americans. In fact, a recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute uncovered some interesting trends. Here are some of the highlights:

  • New Hampshire came out on top, with 75 percent of the population in favor of gay marriage.
  • Not surprisingly, Alabama and Mississippi rounded up the bottom of the list, both tied with only 32 percent of the population in favor.
  • California was fifth on the list and its demographics broke down like this: 30 percent said they were strongly in favor, 31 percent were in favor, 18 percent were opposed, 14 percent were strongly opposed and another 8 percent had no opinion on the matter.
  • As a country, 54 percent are in favor of same-sex marriages, while 38 percent are opposed. The other 8 percent refused to state their opinions or were undecided

Of course, with same-sex marriage legalized, same-sex divorce will become more and more common and there may still be little nuances in the law, so same-sex couples who are divorcing may want to consider hiring an attorney.

Source:, "Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision 2015: Same-Sex Marriage 'Cheapens' Institution, Some Religious Leaders Say," Tim Marcin, June 24, 2015

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