About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is "inevitable," according to a Pew Research Center survey released in June. Of those who support same-sex marriage, 85 percent say it is inevitable; 59 percent of opponents also say it's inevitable. Just more than half (51 percent) of Americans favor allowing same-sex couples to marry legally, the report said. About 87 percent of Americans know someone who is gay or lesbian, up from 61 percent in 1993. About 68 percent of those who know a lot of gays or lesbians favor same-sex marriage, compared with 32 percent of those who don't know any.
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