July 3, 2013 – In March, TIME magazine featured a cover story with the headline, “Gay Marriage Already Won.” But this was a full three months before the Supreme Court’s official rulings in favor of same-sex marriage.
It was only last week when the Supreme Court struck down sections of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), declaring key components unconstitutional, and essentially lifting California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by leaving it without legal defense.
Yet TIME’s March cover wasn’t a chronological error; rather, it was picking up clear cultural signals: the Supreme Court may have prolonged their decision on same-sex marriage, but in the court of public opinion there was a sense the choice had already been made.
Social shifts as monumental as this one don’t happen overnight—they grow over time, slowly building in momentum. So if America is changing its mind on same-sex marriage, what is underneath this shifting perspective? Who, exactly, are the citizens changing their views? How different are their views today than 10 years ago? And what is happening with regard to Christians and their perspectives on same-sex issues?
Barna Group has tracked public opinion of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community since 2003 to provide insight into these very questions.
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