Social science

Study finds cross-cultural link between religiosity and anti-gay opinion

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August 8, 2013
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A  study of public opinion in 39 nations found that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people‚Äôs lives. The Pew Foundation reported strong support for social acceptance in the European Union, Latin America, North America,  and Australia, areas that also report the lowest religiosity scores. Among the few […]

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Data refute myth of “rich gays”

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June 10, 2013
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The Williams Institute has released a study on the demographics of poverty among LGB Americans, demonstrating that the image of a monolithically or predominantly wealthy gay community is a myth. Like other Americans, LGB persons are most likely to live in poverty if they are persons of color or raising children. Unlike heterosexual couples, for […]

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Prognosis for marriage ballot measures: even split?

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October 30, 2012
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A new analysis of 98 public opinion polls on gay marriage since 2004 shows a nation-wide increase in support from 30 to 46 per cent.  Like presidential polls, though, the most interesting numbers come from battleground states, of which there are four this year: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. The analysis – by Professor Greg Lewis […]

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Gallup reports LGBT Americans more likely to be non-white

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October 19, 2012
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That was just one of the surprising findings based on the largest number of survey responses from LGBT men and women ever collected. The Gallup results both confirm and call into question earlier studies. Among the results that differ from previous research: LGBT Americans are more likely to be people of color  (33%) than are straight […]

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Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists de-lists homosexuality as illness

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January 4, 2012

In a development that has gone unreported until a few days ago, the association of psychiatrists in Hong Kong voted late last year to adopt the official position that "homosexuality is not a mental disorder" and to state that There is, at present, no sound scientific and clinical evidence supporting the benefits of attempts to alter sexual […]

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Data show that “marriage is losing market share”

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January 2, 2012

To me, the most telling statistic in the following analysis of marriage data, from the Pew Foundation, is multiple paragraphs down. Although Americans marry at a later age than 50 years ago, the great majority marry at some point in their lives.  The "great" part of that statement, however, is also diminishing: from 85 per cent […]

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