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Most Americans Say Same-Sex Couples Have Right to Adopt

Monday, June 2, 2014 | Worthy News / US News


(Gallup / Worthy News)-- A clear majority of Americans (63%) say same-sex couples should have the legal right to adopt a child, the most to say so since Gallup began tracking opinions on the matter more than 20 years ago. This is higher than Americans' support for same-sex marriage (55%).


Support for Same-Sex Adoption Outpaces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Americans' support for adoption by same-sex couples is higher than their support for same-sex marriage, measured in a recent Gallup poll showing majority support for same-sex marriage at 55%. According to an expert in public policy related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, this is not unusual.

"In general, adults in the U.S. continue to be more supportive of same-sex parenting than legal recognition of same-sex relationships or comfortableness with same-sex sexual behavior," said Gates. "Laws in the U.S. have reflected this pattern in public support. Many states in the U.S. that have not formally repealed sodomy laws, despite the U.S. Supreme Court declaring such statutes unconstitutional, and that do not recognize marriage for same-sex couples include jurisdictions that allow same-sex couples to adopt children."


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