A Gallup public opinion poll released Wednesday projects a whooping fifty-five percent of Americans approving of same-sex marriage, the highest level ever. Recalling how support for marriage equality broke the 50-percent mark in 2012, Gallup said its latest result was "further evidence that support for gay marriage has solidified above the majority level." Support was strongest among young adults at 78 percent. Regionally, opposition remains strong in southern states, where Gallup said advocates of traditional marriage are in the majority. Back in 1996, when Gallup first posed the question, 68 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, and only 27 percent of respondents came out in favor. Same-sex marriage now is legal in 18 states plus the District of Columbia, with Oregon, Idaho and Pennsylvania the latest to join the growing list as a result of judicial rulings. In a landmark decision in June last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that wedded gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections as their heterosexual counterparts. Gallup said its findings -- posted on its www.gallup.com website -- were based on telephone interviews with 1,028 adults between May 8 and 11, giving a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points. Source: AFP << Online Games to Help Diabetics Make Healthier Choices Museum of 9/11 Opens, Public 'Overwhelmed' >> Recommended Reading Differently Wired and Gay – Are They Children of a Lesser God? Marriages (read heterosexual) are made in heaven, they say. But what about homosexual partnerships? Are they made for each other? READ MORE Gay Men in the US Clash Over HIV Prevention Pill A single daily pill is thought to prevent HIV. The drug in question is Truvada, an oblong blue pill that combines two antiretroviral medications tenofovir and emtricitabine. READ MORE Action on Homophobia Urged by Sao Paulo Gay March Revelers swarmed central Sao Paulo for the city's annual gay pride parade on Sunday, despite calls to criminalize homophobic behaviour. READ MORE Philippine Society Tolerate Gays but Abuse Continues A United Nations-backed study claims that gays are increasingly tolerated in Philippine society but discrimination persists and they remain vulnerable to hate crimes. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Hearing Loss Calculator Find a Hospital More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?