A new government poll of citizens of the United Kingdom found less than half support same-sex marriage and only a third support adoption by gay couples.
Gay couples have been allowed to adopt children in the U.K. for nine years. In addition, the government is considering changing its civil partnership laws to allow gay couples in civil partnerships to call themselves married. From the Daily Mail:
Lib Dem Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said last week that to deny marriage to same-sex couples was ‘simply not fair’.
But the ONS findings show many Britons still cling to conservative values and suggest Miss Featherstone’s claim that the UK is ‘a world leader in gay rights’ only applies to a minority of the population.
The report, based on sources including the annual British Social Attitudes survey and research by the EU’s Eurobarometer research arm, said only 45 per cent of British people agree that ‘homosexual marriages should be allowed throughout Europe’.
U.K. readers, I’m looking at you: what do we do to change this?
If you guessed Provincetown, Mass., you’re right. At least for now.
A Williams Institute analysis found that Provincetown has 163 same-sex couples per 1,000 households, more than any other city of those studied. The analysis just released information on Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and DC, with more to be published soon.
Check the Advocate.com article for more specific information on other cities and states - you’ll find all the numbers you need there.