Now here's some good news: the Gallup organization, which has been studying human nature and behavior for more than 75 years and claims a reputation for "delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel," has released findings from its annual Values and Beliefs survey that show that "Americans' support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010. At the same time, the percentage calling these relations 'morally wrong' dropped to 43%, the lowest in Gallup's decade-long trend."
According to Gallop, there has been a "gradual increase in public acceptance of gay relations since about 2006." However, "the change is seen almost exclusively among men, and particularly men younger than 50."
Gallop's 2010 Values & Beliefs survey also shows that, wait for it . . .
Notably, there has been a 16-point jump in acceptance among Catholics, nearly three times the increase seen among Protestants.
Wow! That's totally made my night.
The same poll finds the slight majority of Americans still against legalizing gay marriage; however, reports Gallop, "at 53%, the extent of that opposition is down slightly this year."
The "bottom line," according to Gallop, is that:
There is a gradual cultural shift under way in Americans' views toward gay individuals and gay rights. While public attitudes haven't moved consistently in gays' and lesbians' favor every year, the general trend is clearly in that direction. This year, the shift is apparent in a record-high level of the public seeing gay and lesbian relations as morally acceptable. Meanwhile, support for legalizing gay marriage, and for the legality of gay and lesbian relations more generally, is near record highs.
For the full report of Gallop's May 2010 Values and Beliefs Survey, click here.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Surprising Finding Regarding Catholics and Gay Marriage
At UTS, a Rousing and Very Catholic Show of Support for Marriage Equality
300+ People Vigil at the Cathedral in Solidarity with LGBT Catholics
Is Anyone the Least Bit Surprised By This?
Love Is Love
New Studies: Gay Couples as Committed as Straight Couples
Getting It Right
Knowing What to Do, Knowing Why to Stay
A Christian Case for Same-Sex Marriage
The Real Gay Agenda