A day after Rhode Island's House of Representatives passed a compromise civil unions measure, as widely expected, Gallup has released a poll finding - for the first time in its history - majority support nationwide for gay marriage, with 53 percent in support and 45 percent opposed. A nine-point surge of support in the last year alone shows how quickly opinion is evolving.
The Gallup poll follows recent CNN and Washington Post/ABC News surveys that also found majority support for gay nuptials.
What looks like a compromise in Rhode Island now is just the beginning of a longer fight that seems destined to end in a same-sex marriage law. It's just a matter of how long it will take.