According to the new states from the CDC, Americans have grown increasingly supportive of gay and lesbian adults adopting children.

In a survey completed in 2013, nearly 75% of women said they agreed that gay or lesbian adults should have the right to adopt children — up from 55% in 2002.

Men aren’t as accepting. Only 68% say they’re in support, up from 47% 10 years prior.

Even though men lag behind, the results show a major shift over a decade, with acceptance growing from a slight majority of the population to closer to three-quarters of the population.

Approval of same-sex relationships also grew, hitting 60% among women and 49% among men.

Given recent major political shifts, like the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in June 2015, it’s possible that these figures have grown even further since.

Many states, like Mississippi, still have laws that prohibit or limit same-sex couples from adopting, so shifting views on adoption are every bit as important as advocates continue to press for equality.


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