Poll: 40% of Americans Have No Gay Friends
...that puts them in the minority for 1st time
By Kevin Spak, Newser User | Suggested by anothernewsjunkie
Posted Jun 6, 2012 10:30 AM CDT
Bob Sodervick waves a gay pride flag outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Are you close to someone who's gay? If not, you're now officially in the minority, according to a new CNN poll. Some 40% of respondents said they don't have any close friends or family members who are gay, and that's actually a pretty big decrease from 2010, notes CNN. Two years ago, 51% cited zero; in the 1990s, the vast majority did.

"Attitudes toward sexual orientation have also changed over the same time period," CNN's polling director observes. In 1998, most people believed being gay was a choice, while today only a third believe that. A majority—54%—now also support same-sex marriage, with only 42% opposed. But the partisan and generational divides on the issue are predictably stark: Seven in 10 Democrats support same-sex marriage, seven in 10 Republicans oppose it. Two-thirds of those under 50 support, and 55% of those over 50 oppose.

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Jun 7, 2012 12:34 PM CDT
And their window treatments are beneath contempt, too, I'll wager.
Jun 7, 2012 10:13 AM CDT
Who cares who someone sleeps with or is married to? If you oppose same sex marriage based on religion then it's not up to you to judge. A higher power, if you believe in one will judge them when the time comes.
Jun 6, 2012 11:31 PM CDT
"40 percent of americans don't KNOW that they have gay friends/family" ....there, i fixed it.