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When it comes to being friends with a gay person 40% of Americans say they don’t have any gay friends, even if they support same-sex marriage.
In a new CNN/ORC International survey the number of American’s who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay jumped from 49% in 2010 to 60% today. The new polling number is significantly hire than a similar poll in the 1990s in which most Americans said they did not know any gay people who were close to them.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland reveals:
“Attitudes toward sexual orientation have also changed over that same time period. In 1998, a majority believed that someone who is gay or lesbian could change their sexual orientation if they choose to do so. Today, only a third feel that way, and the number who say that gays and lesbians cannot change their orientation is almost six in ten. Those shifts probably explain the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage.”
While 60% of respondents now acknowledge knowing a gay person only 54% believe gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to legally wed, while 42% oppose legalized marriage within the LGBT community.
As expected Democrats stood more firmly beside gay couples in the poll. Seven in ten Democrats and six in ten independent voters support same-sex marriages and believe they should be recognized as valid law, while 72% or Republicans oppose gay marriage.
The study also found that nearly 66% of the under 50 crowd supports gay marriage while 55% of those over 50 are opposed to same-sex marriage.
The poll included 1.009 adults who were questioned during a nationwide telephone survey. The study is believed to have a plus or minus sampling error of three percentage points.
EDMONTON — There were cheers at Edmonton's Gay Pride festival as Alison Redford became the first Alberta premier to participate in the annual event....
...Redford's Progressive Conservative government announced this week that the province would resume paying for sex change operations. The province had stopped paying for such surgery three years ago as a cost-saving measure.
Do you happen to have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian?
gay [gey] Show IPA adjective gay·er, gay·est,
2. of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.
3. having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful, jaunty, sprightly, blithe.
Antonyms: serious, grave, solemn, joyless; staid, sedate; unhappy, morose, grim; sad, depressed, melancholy.
4. bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
Synonyms: colorful, brilliant, vivid, intense, lustrous; glittering, theatrical, flamboyant.
Antonyms: dull, drab, somber, lackluster; conservative.
5. Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive . awkward, stupid, or bad; lame: This game is really gay
Originally posted by Retikx
Hahahahaha I have at least 15 little pink tinkerbell fairy boys in my entourage. gay people know how to party and they are very generous and hygienic.
And they always know sexy woman and they bring them to the pattys. And then the sexy women they bring notice how non homophobic you are when you have your gay buddy sitting in your lap singing Whitney Houston and with any luck they end up on your lap later.
Handy little buggers. Oh and if you don't feel like going to a mall you can ask them to grab some stuff for you and they are more than happy to do it. It might be a little tight and a bright color but hey.
Gay people are dope.
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Originally posted by The Sword
Oh calm down.
There are more pressing matters for you to get upset over.
Just ignore them.
Originally posted by Germanicus
God I am sick of these non-issue talking points.
Does anyone give a [SNIP] if people have gay friends? How would you even know? Do gay people wear a sticker on their forehead now? CNN is being offensive if you want to get all liberal about it. Hypocrite state media [SNIP]s