Aren't you grateful and appreciative? For the first time since Gallup started their annual Values and Beliefs survey, more than 50% of Americans now think that our "relations" are "morally acceptable." (What the hell are our "relations?" Do they mean our relationships? Our sex lives? Our basic humanity? I'd like to see them spell it out, because it sure seems like they're asking about our basic humanity to me.)
Now, granted, your perspective of this chart depends on whether you're a glass-half-full type or a half-empty person. The 43% of respondents calling us "morally wrong" is the lowest it's ever been. The change is mostly due to shifting perspectives by men under age 50 and Catholics.
Some of the other results from the poll are even more interesting and conversation-worthy. It's after the jump.
When it comes to where you catch "teh gay," Americans, again, are divided.
The division on this question has been the norm for most of the past decade, although the plurality response has fluctuated. Longer term, however, there has been a major change in Americans' views on this question, with far fewer today than in the 1970s and 1980s believing that being gay or lesbian is the result of upbringing and other life experiences.
Let's just get it right out on the table... No one knows why we have our sexual orientations - whether that's straight, gay or any shade in between. Several scientists are trying to find a genetic reason and most of the scientific community is starting to lean that way. Those are still just theories though; there's not been any concrete evidence to prove anything.
It makes sense that Americans are divided on this question. They could have offered "gay cooties" as an option a good portion could have picked it with just as much faith/proof/guesswork as any of the other religious leaders/scientists/bloggers.
If I were answering the survey, I'd be in the third category: "both." My sexuality is uniquely my own and while I can pinpoint various environmental moments that stuck with me and have influenced my life, they don't answer the basic questions or "Why?" and "How?" adequately enough. I tend to think that there's a genetic switch involved somewhere, but, again, how and why does it get flipped?
What are your thoughts on this? We have a good depth and breadth of experiences here at Bilerico Project so it should be interesting to see all the responses.