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According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, support for gay marriage is at an all-time high, with 59 percent of Americans saying they support it. Thats a clear majority, but not entirely a surprise considering the swift movement of public opinion toward gay rights in America for the past few years. Back in 2012, CNN polling showed that 54 percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage, and two years later Americans look like they're about to break the 60 percent ceiling. 

Experts think the change has something to do with how many Americans have a gay family member or a gay friend in their life. People are less likely to deny someone their rights when they consider them a friend or family. In a Public Religion Research Institute poll last week, 65 percent of Americans say they know someone who is gay — that's up from 60 percent in 2012 and 22 percent in 1993. Not coincidentally, the Post/ABC poll also found that 70 percent of Americans don't believe in legislation (like the bill Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently vetoed) to give people the right to refuse service to LGBT people. 

These rising numbers also means that Americans who don't believe in gay marriage are a dwindling minority of just 34 percent of Americans — the same percentage of Americans who say they have difficulty using the Internet; around the same percentage (36) of Americans who believe in creationism; and just a bit more  than the percentage (27) of Americans who say that God has a say in sports. 

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