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posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51

Overwhelming support for LGBT rights, Gallup poll shows
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

More results from a November Gallup poll on LGBT rights show a large majority of Americans favor equal rights for their LGBT neighbors.

Numbers released by Gallup on December 6 showed that nearly two-thirds of respondents believed that anti-Gay bias was a 'serious' problem in their communities.

The latest results released on December 17 show that an even greater majority are prepared to do something about that problem.

'While 53% of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage, significantly higher percentages support the idea of equal rights for partners or spouses of Gays or Lesbians when it comes to inheritance rights and employee benefits, and making it legal for Gays and Lesbians to adopt children,' Gallup said in its analysis of the results.

MOST BACK LEGAL RIGHTS
Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they support equal inheritance rights for same-sex partners or spouses, up five points from a similar poll done in 2009. Seventy-seven percent favor equal health insurance and other employee benefits for same-sex partners, up 10 points from 2009.

On the more controversial issue of adoption by same-sex couples, 61% said they supported it, up seven points from 2009.

These results seem to confirm the impression of Gallup's LGBT respondents - 91% said their communities had become more accepting in recent years.

Not surprisingly, party affiliation correlates closely with support for LGBT rights, but on most issues even Republicans favor equality.

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans favor equal inheritance rights, for example, compared to 77% of independents and 88% of Democrats. Sixty-one percent of Republicans favored equal employee benefits compared with 77% of independents and 94% of Democrats - perhaps reflecting the Democratic Party's political base among union workers for whom employee benefits are a key issue.

Only 41% of Republicans though same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, compared with 61% of independents and 75% of Democrats.

SCOUT POLICY SUPPORTED
When asked whether openly Gay adults should be allowed to serve as Boy Scout leaders, a majority said no. Fifty-two percent of Gallup's respondents said Gay people should not serve while only 42% said they should be allowed to do so.

'Given the lack of a trend on this question,' Gallup observed, 'it is not clear whether support is higher than in the past, or the degree to which the lack of support may reflect respondents' reluctance to say how a private organization should decide who holds its positions of leadership.'



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