However, Republicans are divided by generation. In part, this shift may be the result of shifting religious demographics in the South. No religious group is more strongly opposed to same-sex marriage than white evangelical Protestants; however, there is a wide gap between the views of older and younger white evangelicals. A majority of Americans in nearly every state—with the exception of Alaska—oppose allowing small business owners to refuse goods or services to gay and lesbian people. The increase in the share of adults who favor same-sex marriage over the past 15 years is due in part to generational change.
Importantly, the generational pattern is not linear.
Americans who live in the upper Midwest and Mountain West are generally more likely than those who live in other parts of the country to doubt the degree of discrimination faced by gay and lesbian people. Among people who are religiously unaffiliated, a solid majority have supported same-sex marriage since Phone Number. Jones, Ph.
For the first time, a majority of Baby Boomers favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.