Americans' Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold: "Americans' support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010. ... Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted each May, documents a gradual increase in public acceptance of gay relations since about 2006. However, the change is seen almost exclusively among men, and particularly men younger than 50."
All right. Way to go, dudez!
It's difficult for me to believe that "acceptance of gay relations" is only just now passing the positive threshold, because, geez, get it together, America. Damn. But my persistent, impatient mystification with endemic bigotry notwithstanding, this is an important milestone. Even among self-identified conservatives, there has been a 5-point increase in support of gay relationships since 2006.
It's really rather remarkable that we've crossed this threshold without federally mandated marriage equality. To put it into perspective, interracial marriage was supported by only 28% of Americans when it was legalized by Loving vs. Virgina in 1968, and support did not cross the positive threshold until 1991.
(And there are STILL holdouts.)
Apart from anything else, this number is important because no longer can any politician ever again cloak hir craven refusal to support gay equality behind the excuse that a majority of Americans believe homosexuality is immoral.