Bloomberg by the Numbers: 16%

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office in New York.

That’s how much support for same-sex marriage has advanced in 10 years.

With the Supreme Court ready to hear oral arguments this week in two cases involving gay marriage and the legal rights of those in civil unions, the Pew Research Center reports that 49 percent of Americans surveyed support gay marriage.

That has increased from 33 percent who supported it in 2003, Pew reports.

Opposition has diminished from 58 percent to 44 percent over the same period.

The latest survey of 1,501 adults was conducted March 13-17, with a possible margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

See Mike Tackett’s report at today on the issue in the tradition of the civil rights movement.

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