The New York Times reports:
A poll this year by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that the percentage of Republicans ages 18 through 29 who favor same-sex marriage has grown to 37 percent, up from 28 percent eight years ago.
“The students I know who are conservative are far less so on social issues than our parents,” Ms. Kotzambasis, 19, said. “People are more accepting of different lifestyles.”
Younger Republicans are also the most likely members of the party to say that “more people of different races marrying each other” and “more women in the work force” have been changes for the better, according to a separate Pew study conducted last year.
Clearly, there’s still a lot of work to be done, as 37 percent is still tragically low. (And “lifestyles?” Really? Come on, Ms. Kotzambasis. That word fell out of popular use as a descriptor of LGBT identity before you were even born.) But the fact that an increasing number of young Republicans are rejecting right-wing social conservatism is encouraging indeed.