New analysis shows steadily increasing support for civil unions

Tue. August 24, 2010 11:50 PM by News Staff

Washington, D.C. - Support for gay civil unions continues to trend upward, according to a new analysis of 20 years of Pew Research data.

In 2003, 45 percent of Americans supported civil unions; now, 57 percent do, reports the Public Religion Research Institute. During the same time, support for gay marriage grew only slightly, from 30 percent to 38 percent.

Pew's research on gays and lesbians shows other interesting trends. For example, between 2003 and 2006, the number of people who believe that sexual orientation can be changed actually rose, from 42 to 49 percent.

When Pew asked in 1999 whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt, 38 percent said yes. In 2008, that number had risen to 46 percent.

In 1997, 56 percent of Americans said that the trend of gays and lesbians raising children was bad for society; by 2010, that disapproval rating had dropped to 42 percent.

You can read the entire report by clicking here.