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Majority of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage

A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 53 percent of Americans believe that gay marriage should be legal. This is significant because just five years ago, the same poll found that only 36 percent of Americans supported the right of same-sex couples to marry. The recent poll marks the first time that so many in the nation have favored the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The Washington Post reports that the increasingly tolerant views about homosexual relationships is pushing more political groups to support same-sex marriage legalization as well. The Obama Administration announced earlier this month that it would no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in court.

The recent poll was conducted over the phone from March 10 to March 13 among a random national sample of 1,005 adults. The telephone poll reportedly has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. But because the poll revealed that only a slim majority of Americans backed same-sex marriage, the marriage debate is likely to continue for quite some time.

According to The Washington Post, Republicans, conservatives and white evangelical Christians are still the groups that are most opposed to the legalization of gay marriage. Yet it might not be long before marriage laws in the United States and in the state of Georgia are expanded so that same-sex couples can marry.

At this time, Georgia has several types of prohibited marriages, including marriages between members of the same sex. FindLaw states that the state of Georgia also does not allow for marriage between blood relatives, or bigamous marriages.

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