A lot has been made about various social sources of support for or opposition to same sex marriage, but few people have discussed how gender structures this public policy preferences. Overall, in the 2012 GSS, 46% of men support marriage rights for same sex couples, while 53% of women favor civil rights—a quite substantial difference, nearly as large as the gap between whites and African Americans. Looking at this issue across age/cohort groups shows that the difference is quite robust—and may even have grown in the post-baby boom generations. For respondents under age 30, nearly 72% of women support marriage, while support is 60% among men under 30. The gender difference narrows in subsequent generations, but remains quite substantial for respondents aged 30-39, and 40-49. Yet, among the 50-59 baby boomers, there is no discernible gender difference, and men are actually slightly more supportive of marriage rights. But, in older cohorts the relationship goes back to one of gendered support—with women more likely to favor marriage. But why? For the Abrahamic Right, this is obvious evidence of the evil nature of women. For those who do not fuck goats, however, these findings suggest that women’s experiences lead them to favor the formal recognition of family relationships, no matter what the form of family. Women support marriage more than men.
Women’s Support of Same Sex Marriage: The Gender Gap in Civil Rights Adherence