“Born This Way” or a Choice?

Maybe Lady Gaga was on to something when she wrote “Born This Way”, even if Madonna “helped” write it.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is reporting in a new study that of those polled over the last month, more and more people think that gay people are “born that way” and that they “cannot be changed”.

In the new study, 41% believe that gay people were born that way compared to 20% that thought the same thing in 1985 when the Los Angeles Time conducted a similar survey.  35% of those polled in 2012 believe that being gay is “just the way some people choose to live”.  In 1985, that number was at 42%.

51% of those polled today believe that gay people “cannot be changed” compared to 42% in 2003.  Even today, 36% believe that gays can change.

In the same survey, more and more people are embracing same-sex marriage, but it should come as no surprise that the gap between Democrats and Republicans for marriage equality is growing.

From 2004 to 2012, that gap widened from 23% to 41%.

In the total public, 48% approve of marriage equality and 44% are opposed.  Just eight years ago, 60% of the total public were opposed.

For Democrats, 65% approve now compared to 40% in 2004.  Support is growing at a smaller pace for Republicans.  Today, 24% approve compared to 17% in 2004.  As for Independents, 51% are for marriage equality today compared to 37% in 2004.

It doesn’t appear that President Obama’s May 9th announcement that he now supports marriage equality is making that much of a difference.

In the new poll, 48% approve of marriage equality compared to 47% back in early April 2012.

To my friends that support my right to marry, thank you.

I was “Born This Way”.

Anthony

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