Same-sex marriage , also known as gay marriage , is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony. There are records of same-sex marriage dating back to the first century. In the modern era, marriage equality was first granted to same-sex couples in the Netherlands on 1 April As of , same-sex marriage is legally performed and recognized in 29 countries nationwide or in some jurisdictions :. The introduction of same-sex marriage also called marriage equality has varied by jurisdiction, and came about through legislative change to marriage law , court rulings based on constitutional guarantees of equality, recognition that it is allowed by existing marriage law,  or by direct popular vote via referendums and initiatives.
70% of Americans support same-sex marriage -- a new high -- a new survey finds
Growing Support for Gay Marriage: Changed Minds and Changing Demographics | Pew Research Center
CNN A new survey indicates there's been a sea change in public support for same-sex marriage. More Videos Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions More than two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage -- record-high numbers, according to the American Values Survey. Read More. In all but one of the religious groups polled in the survey, a majority of members said they supported same-sex marriage. That includes Protestants, Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians of all races.
Explaining Support for Same-Sex Marriage: Evidence from Taiwan
About Follow Donate. Support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown over the past 15 years. And today, support for same-sex marriage remains near its highest point since Pew Research Center began polling on this issue. Among people who are religiously unaffiliated, a solid majority have supported same-sex marriage since Support for same-sex marriage among white evangelical Protestants remains lower than it is among other religious groups.
The latest figure comes just before the five-year anniversary of the U. Supreme Court's ruling that all states must recognize same-sex marriages. Line graph. Americans support for same-sex marriage.