Public acceptance of gays is the new normal
The increase in public acceptance of gay relations over the past 35 years, as measured by Gallup polls, has been nothing less than dramatic.
In Ronald Reagan’s second term as president, as many as 57 percent of Americans said same-sex relations between consenting adults should not be legal. Today, 63 percent say such relations should be legal.
And, as Gallup REPORTED this morning, most Americans have no moral objection to homosexual relations:
The slight majority of American adults, 54%, consider gay or lesbian relations morally acceptable. Public acceptance of gay/lesbian relations as morally acceptable grew slowly but steadily from 38% in 2002 to 56% in 2011 and is now holding at the majority level.
This Gallup trend mirrors the growth in public support for legalizing gay marriage, which has risen from 42% support in 2004 to 50% or greater support in the last two years. Americans’ support for gay rights on both questions leveled off in this year’s Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-6.