Support for same-sex marriage is a widely held belief among adults born after 1980, with a full 70 percent saying they believe gay men and lesbian women should be able to marry according to a new poll released Monday.
According to the survey from Pew Research, Millennial support for same-sex marriage far outpaces any other generation. Among those born between 1928 and 1945, just 31 percent support same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Baby Boomers and 49 percent of Gen X-ers say they believe same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
The overwhelming support of Millenials has driven a significant shift in the nation's overall attitude toward gay marriage. Today, 49 percent of Americans favor legalizing gay marriage, while 44 percent oppose. That's a dramatic reversal from just a decade ago, when 58 percent opposed and just a third of Americans favored gay marriage.
Last week, Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. Delaware's state Senate is voting Tuesday on a measure that narrowly passed in the state House that would also legalize same-sex marriages.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court heard a pair of cases challenging the constitutionality of a federal law that prevents the government from conferring benefits on gay spouses and a California law prohibiting gay marriage. Gay rights activists hope the Court could rule in a way that might legalize gay marriage in more or all 50 states.