Poll: Most Blacks Favor Gay Marriage

Support for marriage equality among African Americans is even higher than among the general population.

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President Obama announces support of marriage equality. (White House/Getty Images)

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll on Americans' attitudes toward marriage equality is out today, and according to the results, support for marriage equality among Americans has remained consistent at 53 percent.

But the number of African Americans who want to legalize same-sex marriage is even higher, and it seems to be on the rise. Fifty-nine percent of black respondents said that they want to legalize same-sex marriage, and 65 percent favor President Obama’s position on the issue. For the first time, the number of Americans who "strongly" support same-sex marriage (39 percent) also outweighs the number who "strongly" oppose it (32 percent).

After President Obama announced his support for marriage equality and was echoed by a host of black celebrities, the NAACP announced an even more progressive stance, proclaiming that it would "oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the constitutional rights of LGBT citizens."

Is support for gay rights officially a black thing now?

Read more at ABC News.

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