U.S. Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian Relations Is the New Normal

May 14, 2012

The slight majority of American adults, 54%, consider gay or lesbian relations morally acceptable. Public acceptance of gay/lesbian relations as morally acceptable grew slowly but steadily from 38% in 2002 to 56% in 2011 and is now holding at the majority level.

Morality of Gay/Lesbians Relations—2001-2012

This Gallup trend mirrors the growth in public support for legalizing marriage, which has risen from 42% support in 2004 to 50% or greater support in the last two years. Americans’ support for gay rights on both questions leveled off in this year’s Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-6.