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Less than half of Americans would actually attend a same-sex wedding

Nick Duffy July 4, 2015

Despite the Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage, polling shows there is still a way to go in public opinion on the issue.

A poll was conducted a week after the US Supreme Court ruled by 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a constructional right, meaning that couples can begin to marry in all 50 states.

The YouGov polling found that just 7 percent of Americans have so far attended nuptials for a gay or lesbian couple, with self-defined Democrats and liberals more likely to (11% and 16%) compared to Republicans and conservatives (3% and 2%).

The polling also found that less than half of Americans would attend a same-sex wedding if invited to one.

46 percent of Americans said they would attend – with just 28 percent of Republicans willing to do so, and 26 percent of strongly religious people.

Meanwhile, despite the Catholic Church continuing to militantly oppose same-sex unions, the polling found that US Catholics are actually ahead on the issue – with 50 percent saying they would attend one.

Perhaps they aren’t getting as many invites as they’d like, however – as just 8 percent of Catholics have actually been to a gay wedding.

On the issue of same-sex marriage as a whole, the poll continued previous findings of majority support.

53 percent of Americans and 67 percent of Democrats support same-sex marriage, with 42 percent of Americans and 66 percent of Republicans opposed.



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