03/22/2006 - Public acceptance of homosexuality has increased in a number of ways in recent years. On three specific issues - allowing gays to serve openly in the military, adoption by homosexual couples and legalizing gay marriage - opposition has fallen considerably in the past decade, though each issue continues to be divisive. Half of Americans (51%) continue to oppose legalizing gay marriage, but this number is down from 63% just two years ago, when opposition spiked following the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision and remained high throughout the 2004 election season.
These are among the results of the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted among 1,405 adults from March 8-12, 2006.
Read the full report Diminishing Divide On Cultural Issues? Opposition To Gay Marriage, Adoption And Military Service Declines on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Web site.