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Perhaps the most interesting thing in the latest Pew Research Center survey on public attitudes toward gays was the juxtaposition of these two numbers. While 57% of Americans supports civil unions “allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples,” 49% say “homosexual behavior is morally wrong.”
Does that mean that at least 6% of Americans think it’s fine for us to enter into relationships, but would rather we didn’t have sex?
While Pew finds a steady increase in support for civil unions over the past six years (as the chart below indicates), a solid majority (53%) still opposes gay marriage.
Interesting to note that public support turned in favor of civil unions, with ever increasing levels of support during the Administration of George W. Bush. Even that diabolical Republican (in the eyes of the gay left) could not thwart social change.
These numbers suggest that we should perhaps push more aggressively for state recognition of civil unions in the public sphere, while working in the private sphere to change attitudes toward gays, so that fewer people find the expression of our natural longings morally repugnant. And so they understand and appreciate the choices we make and the relationships we seek.