Generations Reshape Gay Marriage Debate

By Chuck Raasch, Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The debate over same-sex marriage has become one of the country’s most generational and regionally divided issues.

Trends suggest the contentious political struggle could fade in the not-too-distant future. The states where same-sex marriage is more tolerated are passing laws allowing it. Younger Americans, more eclectic in their views on social issues and more likely to have friends or family members who are openly gay, are more tolerant of same-sex couples than their parents or grandparents and appear to be more interested in compromise.

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