A majority of Americans (53%) oppose legalizing gay marriage, according to a new poll released Friday by the Pew Research Center.
At the same time, some 57% of those polled support civil unions -- legal agreements that give same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples -- for gay and lesbian couples.
As President Obama prepares to speak at Saturday night's annual banquet of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political action organization in the United States, it's clear that the issue of gay marriage is still as important as it is contentious for many Americans.
NOW on PBS invited San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage to debate gay marriage in our interactive "Issue Clash." So far, most people who came to the debate think Newsom won, and many added their own arguments. What do you think?