Majority of College Freshmen Support the Freedom to Marry

Higher Education Research Institute/Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life, March 2010

65 percent of college freshmen surveyed in Fall 2009 supported the freedom to marry, compared with 58 percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old.

The Higher Education Research Institute also broke down freshmen's support for the freedom to marry by religious affiliation. Students who identified as Jewish, Buddhist, or nonreligious were most supportive, with at least 87 percent in each group favoring legal same-sex marriage. Sixty-six percent of Catholic students and 58 percent of Muslim students expressed support, as did between 50 and 75 percent of students affiliated with most Protestant Christian denominations. [Link]