Dr. Nathaniel Persily
Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Publications include "Gay Marriage, Public Opinion and the Courts"
"Our research has found that the backlash that followed the Massachusetts court's decision to allow gay marriage has completely subsided. The share of the American public supportive of same-sex marriage has returned to the place it was before the courts got involved and appears to be on an upward trajectory. During that same period, an increasing share of the American public became in favor of same-sex civil unions that fall short of marriage. The same-sex marriage debate in the courts has moved the national debate and public opinion to the left on this issue, even if no other state has followed Massachusetts' lead."