The civil union option has moved from being a middle way dominated by political moderates a decade ago to one that is, today, most attractive to political conservatives. And looking ahead, there is evidence that the civil union option may have a limited future, at least if younger Americans are any indication. When given a three-way choice, civil unions are the least popular option among Millennials (Americans born after 1980). Only slightly more than 1-in-10 (13%) Millennials prefer civil unions, while 67% say they support allowing gay and lesbian people to marry, and 15% oppose any legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.
Monday, May 27, 2013
The Decline and Fall of Civil Unions
It used to be that progressive states offered their LGBT citizens civil unions, while the conservatives offered nothing. But now, people who favor civil unions are far more likely to identify as conservatives. The moderates and liberals overwhelmingly prefer marriage equality.
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