For the first time in a Fox News poll, a majority says same-sex marriage should be legal. For the first time in a Fox News poll, a majority says same-sex marriage should be legal. Currently, 54 percent of registered voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, while 35 percent are opposed. Views were divided 48-44 percent in 2015 (the most recent time it was asked on a Fox News poll). That shift comes entirely from women.
Northern Ireland, where same-sex couples can enter civil partnerships, is not only out of step with the rest of the island of Ireland, but with the remainder of the UK; England and Wales legalised same-sex marriage in 2013 and Scotland followed in 2014. However society in Northern Ireland is becoming more open to the issue of equal marital rights; polling from after May's vote shows shows 68% support for same-sex marriage. Even among Northern Irish politicians -- not generally known for projecting liberal views on social issues -- a consensus harmonious with changing attitudes is emerging. In November 2015, a vote on same-sex marriage was passed by a majority of Northern Ireland Assembly members for the first time. The motion was then blocked by members of the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party who deployed the "petition of concern" mechanism in Northern Irish law-making, which requires a cross community majority for a measure to pass.