(RNS) The world is divided over the acceptance of homosexuality, a survey released Tuesday (June 4) finds.

There is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America, according to the Pew Research Center survey. The survey was conducted by telephone and face to face in 39 countries among 37,653 respondents from March 2 to May 1. The margin of error for the survey ranges from plus or minus 3.1 to plus or minus 7.7 percentage points.

Percent who say homosexuality should be accepted by society.  Graphic courtesy Pew Research Center.

Percent who say homosexuality should be accepted by society. Graphic courtesy Pew Research Center.


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Juliana Horowitz, the report’s lead author and a senior researcher at Pew, says, “I can’t think of any question we have asked where we have this sort of global polarization. In North America, Europe and several countries in Latin America, we have really high acceptance of homosexuality. In predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, we have equally widespread views on the other side.”

African nations and predominantly Muslim countries are among the least accepting of homosexuality. For example, about 98 percent of people in Nigeria say homosexuality should not be accepted. In Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country in Southeast Asia, 93 percent say homosexuality should be rejected.

About 60 percent of Americans say society should accept homosexuality. They are more tolerant today than in 2007, when 49 percent said homosexuality should be accepted.

In several countries, younger respondents expressed more tolerant views than older people. For example, in Japan, 83 percent of those younger than 30 say homosexuality should be accepted, compared with 71 percent of those ages 30-49, and 39 percent of those 50 and older.

This survey is the first in the series “LGBT in Changing Times” that the center will release in the weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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2 Comments

  1. Here’s how all gays and lesbians and transgender folks should be treated —

    1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way……….Romans 14:13

    2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God……….Romans 15:7

    3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love……….Ephesians 4:2

    4. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble………1 Peter 3:8

    5. Man’s ways are of the Lord,………….Proverbs 20:24

    6. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing or how you feel about yourself, so keep it between yourself and God.
    BLESSED are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something or thinking of themselves in the way they know is best………..Romans 14:22

    7. All things are allowable, all things are lawful, all things are permissible…….1 Corinthians 6:12…….1 Corinthians 10:23

    8. And don’t forget what Jesus said, “The Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into the future…….John 16:13

    9. The NT says that God has given every man a measure of faith.

    10. The Holy Spirit is helping LGBT’s navigate our lives in this world today using that very faith.

    Cheer….

  2. WOW Billy! How long did it take you to edit those cherry picked Scriptures..
    Talk about taking things out of context!!
    But here is the truth No Where does GOD condone Homosexuality.. and in no less than 12 different scriptures GOD condemns Homosexual activity..

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