More Evidence: Younger People Back Equality

There seems to be a consensus that younger generations tend to support equality for LGBT people more than older generations. After all, younger people are more likely to be familiar with openly gay people and gay couples than their parents or grandparents were at the same age. It's partially why opponents of equality want to ban civil unions and marriage now--by enshrining it in state constitutions across the U.S. They want to make the decision for future generations who are likely to think these amendments are ridiculous and even embarrassing.

Today, there's more evidence that younger people support equal rights. A new Hamilton College/Zogby poll of 1,000 high school seniors found:
  • Three-quarters of this year's high school seniors favor legal recognition of same-sex relationships, either as marriage or civil union.

  • Three in four seniors oppose a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

  • 63 percent support adoption by gay couples.


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