Ryan Lee, Associate Writer: News & Current Events
There are several statistics coming out this week about the state of gay love in America, and the news is largely encouraging.
The Pew Research Center has compared current public attitudes toward same-sex marriage to what folks believed in the two previous presidential election years, and the arc is bending toward justice. For the first time in an election year, more people support same-sex marriage (47 percent) than oppose (43 percent).
In 2004, only 31 percent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage; the number rose to 39 percent in 2008, and is now at 47 percent. Conversely, 60 percent of people opposed same-sex marriage in 2004, compared to 51 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2012.
The Pew Center also catalogs how opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased in every age, ethnic and gender demographic since 2004, and has even gone down among evangelical Christians and Catholics.
In another recent survey, the Public Religion Research Institute found that 60 percent of folks between the ages of 18-24 support same-sex marriage, compared to 37 percent who oppose. Support for same-sex marriage among the Millennial generation includes more conservative young people, as there was a much closer margin whether homosexuality was morally acceptable: only 48 percent of young people said that they viewed sex between two people of the same sex as morally acceptable, while 44 percent did not.
In other data, UCLA’s Williams Institute continues its ongoing analysis of U.S. Census statistics and recently determined that interracial dating is slightly more common in same-sex couples than in the heterosexual population. More than twenty percent of same-sex couples are interracial or interethnic, compared to 18 percent of unmarried straight couples, and 9.5 percent of married straight couples.
Between 15-17 percent of same-sex couples in Georgia are interracial, according to the Williams Institute.
“This is our first 2010 glimpse of the racial and ethnic compositions of U.S. households headed by couples, including same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, the gay Census guru at the Williams Institute. “The new Census data help provide a fuller picture of the diversity within the LGBT community.”