In the wake of President Obama's support for same-sex marriage, two new polls are out on Monday showing solid support for same-sex unions and continuing acceptance of gays and lesbians as morally acceptable.
A new CBS/New York Times poll finds that 62 percent of Americans support some form of same-sex unions, be it marriage or civil unions.
Meanwhile, calling it "the new normal," a new Gallup Poll indicates that 54 percent of Americans consider gays or lesbians "morally acceptable"; 42 percent do not. The result is down slightly from 2011, when 56 percent found gays and lesbians acceptable.
In the CBS/New York Times poll showing 62 percent of those polled supporting legal recognition of marriage or civil unions, 38 percent of that group support marriage, while 24 percent support civil unions. However, one in three opposed any legal recognition for same-sex couples. The number of respondents who support marriage is actually down slightly from February, when 40 percent supported it.
Political affiliation is a factor in the results from the CBS/New York Times poll. A majority of Democrats and about four in 10 independents support same-sex marriage, while about half of Republicans say there should be no legal recognition of the relationships.