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Published:April 21st, 2011 13:08 EST
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CNN Poll: 51 Percent Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Support for same-sex marriage has received a boost, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research survey released Tuesday.

The poll indicates that more than half of all Americans believe that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be legally valid. With 51 percent of respondents saying that same-sex marriages should be legal, it is the first time that a CNN poll has found majority support for same-sex marriage.

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Although more Americans agree on this issue, a generation-and gender-gap still remains. Sixty percent of Americans under 50 support same-sex marriage, but only four in ten of those over 50 feel the same. More than half of men are against legalizing marriage between gay or lesbian couples, but 57 percent of women are in favor of it."

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This is a landmark in our culture, just a couple of decades ago anybody who advocated for the rights of gays and lesbians to marry was perceived as a lunatic or a deviant.

Those of us who believe that everyone, regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation or race, is entitled to all the rights guaranteed by the constitution are thrilled by the results of this poll.

But we won`t be satisfied until over 90 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. It`s an outrage that 49 percent of Americans would deny homosexuals the right to marry.

Society is moving in the right direction, and ten or 15 years from now people who don`t believe in same-sex marriage will be looked upon as Neanderthals.

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