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Pew: Majority of Latinos Favor Same-Sex Marriage; Public Support Rises

by Melanie Bencosme /  / Updated 
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File photo of Kat Jackson and Meredith Hendrix holding hands as they wait to be married at Unitarian Universalist Church in Lancaster,Pa., Saturday, May 24, 2014. Their wedding was one of seven performed by Rev. Anne Mason on Saturday. Same-sex marriage became legal on May 20, 2014 in Pennsylvania. Dan Marschka / AP

More than half of the nation's Hispanics favor same-sex marriage, according to a survey released Monday by the Pew Research Center.

Same-sex marriage approval is at its highest level of support in nearly 20 years; 72 percent of Americans believe legal recognition is ‘inevitable,’ according to a new Pew Research survey.

Fifty six percent of Latinos say they support gay marriage, 22 percent strongly favor and 34 percent favor the idea. On the other hand, 38 percent of Hispanics disapprove of gay marriage, 24 percent are opposed and 15 percent are strongly opposed, according to the report.

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Among other groups, Pew found 51 percent of blacks oppose gay marriage and 41 percent are in favor, though in the last decade African Americans have become more supportive of same-sex marriage. Among whites, 59 percent are in favor.

Key Findings:

A big population changing the outcomes on acceptance of gay marriage are younger Americans who strongly support the issue. Millennials, ages 18-34, are entering adulthood and influencing public opinion, according to the survey.

Another factor contributing to the overall rise in support for gay marriage is having a gay or lesbian acquaintance. The study found that nearly nine-in-ten Americans (88 percent) know someone who is gay or lesbian; in 1993, 61 percent knew someone who was gay or lesbian.

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Among those who disapprove, one of the main groups are adults who attend religious services. Sixty eight percent of those who attend religious services less than once a week favor gay marriage while only 34 percent who attend weekly or more favor it. In those who attend religious services weekly, 61 percent say there is a conflict between their beliefs and homosexuality.

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