By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
PRINCETON, NJ, May 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Gallup poll released yesterday says that a majority of Americans continue to oppose giving homosexual unions the same status as natural marriage, and close to half believe that allowing legal same-sex "marriages" would change society for the worse.
57% of respondents to the poll said that "marriages between same-sex couples should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriage," while only 40% supported homosexual "marriage."
The numbers indicated a rising trend of support for traditional marriage. In a similar poll 53% opposed same-sex "marriage" in 2007 and 56% in 2008.
Those approving homosexual "marriage" dropped from 46% in 2007 to the current 40%.
A separate question in the poll found close to half of Americans, 48%, say that allowing legal same-sex "marriages" would change society for the worse.
That is more than three times the 13% who believe legal homosexual "marriage" would change society for the better.
The remaining 38% said it would have no effect on society or did not have an opinion on the matter.
When the poll was analyzed by age groups it was found that a majority (59%) of 18- to 29-year-olds thought homosexual "marriage" should be legal, while support for natural marriage was as high as 66% in the older age groups.