A Quarter of Americans Think Gay Sex Should Be Illegal

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Two years after marriage equality, some people still have issue with what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes.

A recent Gallup poll found that 23 percent of respondents believe “gay or lesbian relationships between consenting adults” should not be legal. This is compared to 72 percent of people who think it should be legal, and five percent with no opinion.

This percentage has gone down from previous years. Last year the percentage was at 28 — down from 37 percent a decade ago in 2007.

Additionally, 34 percent of respondents believe “marriage between same-sex couples” should not “be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.” This response has also lowered compared to previous years. Back in 2010, the majority of people (53 percent) believed same-sex couples shouldn’t be legally recognized.

Comparatively, 63 percent of respondents believed that gay or lesbian relations are “morally acceptable,” with 33 percent who believed it was “morally wrong.”

In terms of whether people believe “new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people,” 51 percent believe new laws are needed compared to 46 percent that say new laws are not required.

The Gallup poll also addressed transgender issues. 48 percent of respondents stated people should use the bathroom corresponding to their birth gender, with 45 percent believing gender identity should determine which restroom is used.

 


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