More than 50 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and marriage for same-sex couples, according to a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post released Wednesday.
There is robust support for a path to citizenship — 57 percent — while only 39 percent are opposed to a policy plank that could well be taken up by the incoming Congress.
Opinion is more divided on same-sex marriage, but it's still supported by a majority of the country. Fifty-one percent said they are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to get married, while 47 percent are opposed.
LGBT advocates experienced a long-awaited elecotral breakthrough last week with voters in three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington — all passing laws to legalize same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed amendment to provide legal recognition only to marriage between a man and a woman.