The majority of people who responded to a recent national poll of US citizens said they were in favour of gay marriage.
The latest New York Times/ CNS News telephone poll surveyed a representative sample of 1,0009 adults earlier this week, of who 854 were registered to vote.
When asked “Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same-sex couples to marry?” 56 per cent said yes, the highest ratio recorded in the poll to date, while only 37 per cent were opposed.
Just two years ago, in July 2012, supporters of gay marriage were in a minority – only 46 per cent expressed support for legalisation, the paper reports.
According to the New York Times, this marked increase in support may be related to the number of rulings in favour of same sex marriage issued by federal judges and Supreme Court justices over the last two years. Since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme court in June last year, all but one ruling by a federal judge on a relevant issue has been in favour of gay marriage.
Read the full poll results here.