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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:29 PM

Americans' Shifting Attitude on Gay Rights

American attitudes about L.G.B.T.Q. issues have significantly shifted in the past few decades. In fact, in 1977, Americans were split on whether lesbian and gay sex should be legal at all: 43 percent believed it should be, 43 percent believed it should not and the remaining 14 percent had no opinion.

Today, 83 percent say such intimate relationships should be legal, and only 2 percent had no opinion, according to a new Gallup poll.

It was Gallup that conducted that first poll too, and the organization has been updating its data ever since, as well as adding new survey questions about transgender and other emerging issues. In 1996, for example, it first asked Americans if they supported same-sex marriage, and 27 percent said yes. This year, 63 percent said yes. (It became legal nationwide in 2015.)

More recently, though, gay and transgender rights have faced challenges including recent decisions by the Trump administration to dismantle Obama-era protections for transgender people, among other rollbacks. But progress, particularly for lesbian and gay people, continues to be seen in public opinion.


Here is the poll...U.S. Support for Gay Marriage Stable, at 63%. Look at the graphs, since 2018, the numbers for acceptance dropped and disapproval rose. Whatever could have happened in 2018?!

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 12:55 AM

1. proud to say mine never shifted

I have always been for equal rights for gay folk....always

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