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Gay acceptance in America is trending up

By Rich_Maloof Jun 7, 2012 5:04PM

Photo: Lisa Stokes/Flickr/Getty ImagesWhen President Obama said in a speech last night that the U.S. has seen a "constant progression toward including more and more people in the American dream," his opponents were quick to charge him with pandering to the evening's audience. His campaign stop at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom was, after all, sponsored by deep-pocketed gay and lesbian donors. 

But the results of a CNN poll released just yesterday bear him out: American acceptance of gay lifestyle is on the rise.

Of course, not everyone thinks the country's LGBT contingent is hands-down fabulous. But attitudes are clearly becoming more inclusive. For the first time ever, the poll suggests, a majority of Americans say they have a close friend or family member who is gay. Just 49% said so, or admitted it, two years ago; but in yesterday's poll, 60% replied in the affirmative. The survey also indicated a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage. 

Have a look at the complete poll results, which break down results by race, education level, political affiliation, and other factors. To an extent, we're divided along predictable lines: 70% of Dems say same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid, while 72% of Republicans surveyed were opposed. There's an age divide as well, with nearly two thirds under age 50 favoring legal same-sex marriage and almost as many over age 50 opposed. It's striking how gay issues are so polarizing even as acceptance broadens. But don't prejudge your conservative elderly neighbor with the framed picture of Reagan on his mantel. Then you'd be the one guilty of bias. There's still room in those stats for him to be enjoying Will & Grace re-runs behind the shades.

The poll doesn't say why, who, how, or what has changed American attitudes. Could we be getting smarter? Well, let's not jump the gun. But there has been a slow and steady cultural push against ignorance in recent years. Minds aren't easily changed by loud opposition and foot-stomping marches, though soap-box advocates play an important part in swinging the pendulum from right to left. Attitudes settle more comfortably in the middle when great role models -- not good models of gay life, necessarily, but gay people who model a good life -- emerge in America's boardrooms, in houses of worship, on our TV screens, and in our neighborhoods. 

America may not yet have made a wholesale change in attitude toward the gay community. But we're evolving.

Photo: Lisa Stokes/Flickr/Getty Images

1293Comments
Jun 8, 2012 1:30AM
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Gays and lesbians both are falling for the counterfeit substitute for the real thing. Their relationships will never find equality with traditional marriages any place other than in misguided laws they propose.
Jun 8, 2012 1:28AM
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I used to think I didn't like gay people, but over time I came to realize it was just the stereotype that I don't like. The ones who don't fit the gay stereotype are usually fine.
Jun 8, 2012 1:28AM
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If a man or woman wants to go sleep with someone of the same sex then that is their choice , but Obama and  msn.com propaganda is pushing me to accept it as normal  ,if I do not agree with homos I am ignorant? I will never accept it as normal.
Jun 8, 2012 1:28AM
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is it that more people tolerate the gay lifestyle then really accept it?
Jun 8, 2012 1:25AM
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I think people tolerate it but I would not go so far as to say that they accept as normal. I mean what are we going to do about it really.....I choose to simply ignore you.... Gay's will never achieve what it is that they really desire and that is acceptance as normal. The fact is your not normal , but hey....if your gay don't worry....the world needs freaks too.
Jun 8, 2012 1:24AM
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so basically what needs to be done is seek out those older than 50 and help them understand that they are old and forgotten in this world.  It's about time, we as a society realize that it's time to stop listening to these old fart Republicans.  They've only destroyed the fabric of this once great nation.  I'm starting to believe the research done showing how the IQ of the average Republican is the same as a retarded child. Oh yeah, and they believe there is a GOD who actually cares what happens down here on Hell...oh I mean Earth.  LOL   Enjoy life, open your eyes and become enlightened.  Don't become part of the herd, which is the Republican Party.  Vote O'Bama 2012!!!!
Jun 8, 2012 1:22AM
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It's a sign of the times we are living in. All we hear about time and time again is one sick perversion in this country over another. If a man or woman wants to go sleep with someone of the same sex then that is their choice, God's wrath will be upon them.  What I really get sick of hearing is how the homos want to push their twisted reprobate lifestyle on people, trying to get normal people to accept their sick lifestyle and say it's normal.  Jesus himself spoke about ONE man and ONE woman being together as it was intended from the beginning of creation. In Romans it's clear that people who live this sick lifestyle will not enter the kingdom of heaven unless they repent and turn from that sin.  So before the scoffers start quoting OT Laws, understand that even in the NT God made it clear that homosexualality is a sin. 

 

To those who say that homos are born that way, let's look at some facts.  Why is it that many straight males who enter prison end up turning to men for sex, either by force or choice, once out of prison some will say they decided to stay homo.  Why is it that some homosexuals who repent of that sin, will no longer want to be with someone of the same sex and they end up married to someone of the opposite sex once they are set free of that sin.  Can't say that they are all liers.   Why is it that many homosexuals will say they can trace their desire back to when they were sexually molested as a child or even later in life, they then turned to homosexuality. 

 

Repent of sin, accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life and you can be set free of homosexuality or any other sin. 

Jun 8, 2012 1:21AM
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”  Gandhi
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