You know who else flip-flopped on gay marriage?

Mitt Romney is criticizing President Obama for changing his views about gay and lesbian people being able to marry. Romney, known for his multiple positions on many issues, says Obama is a flip-flopper.

You know who else flip-flopped on gay marriage?

Many millions of people — maybe even you.  I can think of a certain eighty-something in my family who qualifies.

Here’s some evidence on this, from years of data from Pew.

The data are broken down by age group and each and every group has become increasingly supportive of marriage equality.

The least supportive group moved from 21% support in 2001 to 30% in 2012. That, by itself, means millions of those folks, who were born between 1928 and 1945, have changed their minds — have flip-flopped.

And the percentages for other groups? Baby boomers increased their support as well, going from slightly less than a third (32%) to nearly 4 in 10 (39%). Generation X started as rather supportive (49%) but increased to 51%. And even the most supportive, the Millenials, increased their support.

Given this enormous attitude change through the population, this criticism seems to be a very ineffective line of attack.

For more on attitudes toward gay marriage/marriage equality, see my earlier post, “When will gay and lesbian Mainers be able to marry?”


Amy Fried

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Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.