According to a Gallop Poll, Americans are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians. As Charles Blow points out, they use the word relations, would could really mean a range of things, leaving it unclear exactly what Americans are okay with. Furthermore, they were polled about gays and lesbians, so what about people who bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex…?
Mr. Holmes presents some pretty solid theories as to why Americans are more accepting: the contact hypothesis, that men may be becoming more egalitarian in general, and that virulent homophobes are increasingly being exposed for engaging in homosexuality. There are still many questions left unanswered.
Would someone who finds gay and lesbian relations morally acceptable, to use the language of the poll, vote for an out politican? How would they react if their child had a gay or lesbian teacher? While their relations may be moral, should they be allowed to have children? How does the nature v. nuture, biology v. choice debate come into play, and does it help or hurt the sort of progress Gallop reports is being made?
Gallop addresses my last question: numbers of those who think being gay or lesbian is something your born with has increased; numbers of those who think being gay or lesbian is a result of upbringing/environment has decreased; and numbers of those who think both play a part have remained about the same. But WHY?
What does America think of homosexuality? What does American think of homosexuals? And what about everyone else? For now, some questions are somewhat answered, and I consider the outlook optimistic.