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New poll: Same-sex marriage and LGBT equality support reaches all-time high

As same-sex marriage becomes legal in more states with each passing year, the support for LGBT equality is reaching record highs.

NORFOLK, VA - FEBRUARY 4: Spencer Geiger (left) and Carl Johansen protest for equal marriage outside the Walter E. Hoffman U.S. Courthouse as oral arguments in the case of Bostic v Rainey proceed on February 4, 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia Attorney
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Currently 17 states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage while 33 states have an official ban by either a constitutional amendment, state law or both. While the battle for marriage equality is far from over, support is increasing and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. According to a new Washington Post/ABC poll, 59 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage with 34 percent opposing. In the same poll taken exactly 10 years ago in 2004, only 38 percent were in favor showing a 21 point increase from a decade ago.

An interesting note from the poll, in the 33 states where there is currently a ban against same-sex couples marrying, 53 percent favor lifting the ban. The lowest support comes from Christian Republicans, where only one-third show their support. Those who identify as simply Republican, 54 percent oppose while 40 percent approve.

When it comes to allowing gay couples to adopt a child, 61 percent favor the idea, up from 49 percent in 1996 and 29 percent in 1992, according to a CNN/Times poll. Nearly 80 percent believe that a gay parent can be just as effective as a straight parent.

Though the country as a whole isn't their yet on LGBT rights and marriage equality, it has made tremendous strides and is moving in what seems to be the right direction.