Is it now cool to be pro same-sex relationships?
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote an interesting piece on a new study by Gallup that finds that for the first time more than half (52 percent) of Americans view gay and lesbian relationships as morally acceptable.
The biggest jump came in the category of men ages 18 to 49: 20 percent more men in this category are accepting of same-sex relationships when compared to a few years ago, according to the study.
You can read about the report here.
In the Times column, Blow writes that one theory of why more men are OK with gays and lesbians is this: “Virulent homophobes are increasingly being exposed for engaging in homosexuality.” Blow mentions Ted Haggard and George Rekers, both evangelicals who preached against homosexuality, then got caught in a gay sex scandal.
“There is a growing body of research that supports the notion that homophobia in some men could be a reaction to their own homosexual impulses,” Blow writes. ”Many heterosexual men see this, and they don’t want to be associated with it. It’s like being anti-gay is becoming the old gay. Not cool.”