Today, the Supreme Court of the United States guaranteed a right to same-sex marriage nationwide.
This legal milestone is in stride with Millennial sentiment around the world, as revealed in our study, The Next Normal. This project found on average, a majority of global Millennials agreed that “all people should have the right to marry whomever they choose, including same-sex couples.”
In countries where same-sex marriage is already legal and accepted (The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Canada, Argentina), the issue enjoys the widest support.
In fact, a broad study of web respondents of all ages by The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) found that the more tolerant a country’s legislation is toward same-sex marriage, the more residents of that country support it.
Even in countries like Russia that criminalize LGBTI activism, The Next Normal found that nearly 40% of Russian Millennials still support marriage equality–3.5 times more likely than the population at large, when we compare that figure with data from the ILGA study.
Though the U.S. fell in the middle of the pack with 68% Millennial support, that number seems likely to increase in the years following today’s ruling.