The Gallup Poll released their annual Values and Beliefs survey yesterday. The poll has some results that might shock you... In spite of George W's attempts to paint the entire LGBT community as satanic baby stealers, the level of public support for gay rights is the highest it's been in 30 years.
There is still considerable public opposition to complete equality for gays, particularly with respect to marriage. However, after several years of lower support for gay rights, support is now springing back to the relatively high levels seen in 2003, just before the Supreme Court's June 26, 2003, decision striking down a Texas sodomy law. (According to Gallup trends, that ruling appeared to produce a backlash of public opposition to gay rights.)
The clearest example of the recent renewal in pro-gay rights attitudes comes from a question asking Americans whether they believe homosexual relations should be legal. Public tolerance for this aspect of gay rights expanded from 43% at the inception of the question in 1977 to 60% in May 2003. Then in July 2003, it fell to 50% and remained at about that level through 2005. Last year, it jumped to 56% and this year it reached 59%, similar to the 2003 high point.
Now, I'll be the first to admit I'm no statistician, but these look like darn good numbers to me! (Especially the fact that 46% of Americans think that same-sex marriage should be legal. 53% oppose, so that means 1% is undecided. 1%. Wow.) It's fascinating how Lawrence v Texas took public opinion ratings down for us, even though the vast majority of heterosexuals also engage in sodomy of some sort or another... You didn't see support for blowjobs drop, did you? Hmmmm.....
Be sure to read the entire report if statistics and polls are your thing. Maybe some of you that intimately know about polling in your home states can tell us how they correlate with this report.