US: 7% of LGBT people oppose equal marriage
Seven percent of people who identify as LGBT are opposed to same-sex marriage.
According to data from Pew Research Center, polling showed that 74 percent of LGBT people were strongly in favour of equality, with 18 percent in favour.
However, 7 percent of LGBT people are opposed to same-sex marriage.
These figures contrast with the general population – where 41 percent opposed equal marriage at the time of polling in 2013 – but are still surprising.
Interestingly, bisexuals are almost twice as likely as gay men to oppose same-sex marriage, and four times as likely as lesbians.
Young people are more likely to be in favour – with 82% of under-30s strongly in favour, compared to 71% of over-30s.
96% of LGBT Democrats are strongly in favour, compared to 78% of LGBT Republicans – reflecting the different party lines on the issue.
Aside from marriage, the polling found that LGBT people are fundamentally split on how equality should be achieved.
Nearly half (49%) want to achieve equality while maintaining a distinct LGBT culture, while the same proprtion believe it is reached through becoming part of mainstream institutions.
39 percent agreed that same-sex marriage was taking the focus off of issues that were more important to them.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 36 US states, with the US Supreme Court preparing to take up a case that could bring equality to all 50.
MyPinkNews members are invited to comment on articles to discuss the content we publish, or debate issues more generally. Please familiarise yourself with our community guidelines to ensure that our community remains a safe and inclusive space for all.