American opinions about homosexuality continue to become more liberal, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The slow but steady increase in the approval of homosexual lifestyles has taken the majority spot, with 52 percent of Americans believing that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle. That is up 38 percent from 1992.
So most Americans think homosexuality is okay, but should it be legal? Fifty-four percent of Americans say, “yes.” In 1977, only 43 percent said homosexuality should be legal.
The most considerable shift in American views on homosexuality came in the area of its origin–nature or nurture.
For the first time in 24 years, Gallup reported, as many people say homosexuality is genetic as say it is environmental. That is a shift from 1977, when environment was seen as the more prevalent factor by more than four-to-one.
A majority of Americans (52 percent) are still opposed to extending marriage benefits to gay and lesbian partners joined in civil unions. However, more than 80 percent of Americans believe homosexuals should be protected under equal opportunity provisions in the workplace.