(CNS News) -- As LGBT Pride Month began on June 1, Gallup reported that 67% of Americans believe homosexual marriage should be recognized as legally valid. However, on the political scale, 83% of Democrats said it should be valid while only 49% of Republicans said gay marriage should be valid.
As part of its annual Values and Beliefs poll, Gallup asked, "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"
In response, 67% said "valid," and 31% said "not be valid."
"Since Gallup's initial measure on support for gay marriage in 1996, when 27% backed it, the percentage of U.S. adults saying it should be legally recognized has climbed by 40 percentage points," said the polling firm.
"Gallup first recorded majority-level support in May 2011, and support has exceeded 60% each year since 2016," the analysis stated.
Broken down politically, the numbers show that 83% of Democrats and 71% of Independents think gay marriage "should be recognized by the law as valid."
However, only 49% of Republicans said homosexual marriage should be legally valid. In 2016 that percentage was 40% among the GOP, and in 2012-13 only 28%.
"U.S. Democrats (83%) have consistently been one of the most likely groups to favor same-sex marriage, and their support has grown the most (by 50 points) among political party groups since 1996," said Gallup. "Support has also grown considerably among independents -- now at 71%, up 39 points since Gallup's initial measure."
"Republicans have consistently been the least likely to favor same-sex marriage, though they have warmed to the idea over the course of Gallup's trend, growing in support by 33 points," reported the survey firm.