Almost three in four Americans believe it’s inevitable that same-sex marriage will be legalized in the United States, including a majority of people who most ardently oppose it, according to a new poll released Thursday.
In the Pew Research Center poll conducted early last month, 72 percent called same-sex marriage inevitable. Among gay-marriage supporters, 85 percent said it was bound to happen. Among opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage, 59 percent said they expect it nevertheless. That was much higher than the 51 percent who told Pew they support legalizing gay marriage, while 42 percent opposed it.
The expectation that gay nuptials will be legal everywhere in the United States ran high even among Republicans, people 65 and older and white evangelical Protestants — all groups that overwhelmingly reject gay marriage.
The poll seemed to capture rapidly shifting attitudes about marriage equality, even as the Supreme Court is poised to rule by the end of this month on two cases involving the issue.