Socially sanctioned attitudes towards gay marriage
Thirty years of increasingly liberal attitudes towards gay sex may be coming to an end after the number of people who said they considered it wrong rose for the first time since the Aids crisis. Every year since, tolerance had increased, but now the British Social Attitudes Survey has found the number of people believing there is nothing wrong with gay sex has fallen, leaving a third of the population in some way opposed. The finding, based on a survey of 2, people, coincided with the first dip in more than a decade in people saying they think sex before marriage is not at all wrong, with people from non-Christian religious groups the most likely to disapprove. The authors of the study cautioned it would require future polling to confirm whether the small rise in people who consider gay sex to be in some way wrong was statistically significant.
Changing Attitudes on Same-Sex Marriage | Pew Research Center
Societal attitudes toward homosexuality vary greatly across different cultures and historical periods, as do attitudes toward sexual desire, activity and relationships in general. All cultures have their own values regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexuality ; some sanction same-sex love and sexuality , while others may disapprove of such activities in part. Many of the world's cultures have, in the past, considered procreative sex within a recognized relationship to be a sexual norm—sometimes exclusively so, and sometimes alongside norms of same-sex love, whether passionate, intimate or sexual. Some sects within some religions , especially those influenced by the Abrahamic tradition , have censured homosexual acts and relationships at various times, in some cases implementing severe punishments.
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states.
After reading through the transcripts of the March U. But Confer, 70, marvels at the sweeping changes in attitudes toward gays over the past few decades. Same-sex marriage is a personal issue for Confer. She married her partner of 29 years, Kay Berryhill Smith, in , during the nearly five months that same-sex marriage was legal in California. Smith died of cancer four months later.