More than half of Americans now support gay marriage, an all-time high, according to the latest survey by Gallup.

Driving the slowly increasing support rate: an 8 percent jump in one year in the approval rating among people ages 18 to 29.

Gallup first began asking folks about gay marriage in 1996. At the time, only 27 percent of those surveyed supported gay marriage. Young people then, as now, were the biggest advocates, with 41 percent saying they supported it. Older folks were far less supportive then, with only about 15 percent of those 50 and older supporting the concept.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.