Etiology and Attitudes: Beliefs About the Origins of Homosexuality and Their Implications for Public Policy

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Abstract

Using survey data from the 2008 election cycle, this article updates and extends analysis of public attitudes regarding various aspects of homosexuality. Continued expansion of public belief in a biological root to homosexuality is found, and variations in such opinions are explored. Public attitudes toward the emerging issue of gay adoption is also examined, finding both similarities with and important differences from attitudes toward same-sex civil unions, although both are profoundly influenced by underlying attitudes regarding the causes of homosexuality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-587
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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