I can’t recall any issue on which U.S. opinion has changed this quickly:
Most amazing number: 81 percent of U.S. 20-somethings now favor gay marriage.
About one-third of conservatives favor gay marriage, up from 13 percent nine years ago.
Among evangelicals, 31 percent. Among Catholics, 59 percent. Among non-evangelical white Protestants, 70 percent.
And for those who argue that this issue is about marriage, not homosexual conduct, here’s a piece of what seems to me to be disconfirming evidence. These changed numbers on support for gay marriage track very closely with changes over the same time period in views of homosexuality. The proportion of Americans who believe that homosexuality is “just the way they are” has risen dramatically, and is now at 62 percent, while the proportion who believe that homosexuality is “something that people choose” has declined sharply, and now stands at just 24 percent.
I know that correlation does not prove causation. And I know that just because people believe something does not make it so. Still, in my view, these numbers do support the proposition that what’s mainly on people’s minds as they think about gay marriage is the gay, not the marriage; and that, as our societal views on homosexual conduct go, so go our societal views on gay marriage.