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What Americans Think About Gay Marriage In 7 Charts

A Gallup Poll showed that 54% of Americans view same-sex "relations" are morally acceptable. Fewer think gay marriage should be legalized, and this percentage drops dramatically when civil unions are an option.

Posted on May 14, 2012, at 6:32 p.m. ET

The majority of Americans thinks gay sex is okay.

They're a bit less convinced about marriage.

Those who oppose gay marriage are just about as passionate as those who support it.

More whites favor it than blacks do.

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But when you give people the option of civil unions...

Support for gay marriage drops to 38%.

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Democrats and young people are more likely to favor same-sex marriage.

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Sixteen states have put gay marriage on the ballot. Ten voted to ban it.

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