According to a new Gallup poll, a majority of Americans believe that gay and lesbian people are born with their sexual orientation.
Fifty-one percent of respondents believed that “being gay or lesbian is something a person is born with.”
While this number has been on the rise for decades, numbers from the past 15 years show that Americans have been “closely divided on the issue.”
The poll also found that, for the first time ever, a shift in Republicans’ point of view on the issue. Gallup explained, “Republicans, including Republican-leaning independents, are evenly divided on whether Americans are born gay or lesbian (40 percent) or whether same-sex orientation is determined by environmental factors (36 percent). However, even that is a dramatic shift for Republicans, as it represents the first time they have not attributed being gay or lesbian to environmental factors by at least a small margin.”
The same poll also found that support for nationwide marriage equality is at an all time high.
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