Marriage, family leave, these are gaining acceptance. But what about kissing your boyfriend in public?
Here’s something measured with the scientific method that we already knew — many hetties support gay rights, but think two dudes kissing in public is just wrong.
In a survey of 1,000 gay, straight and lesbian people, respondents were asked to give their reactions to a number of hypothetical scenarios involving unmarried couples of different gender breakdowns — two men, two women, and man/woman.
Should the couple be granted legal benefits like family leave, hospital visitation and inheritance rights? Should they be able to marry? What about a peck on the cheek in a public place? Frenching in a park?
70 percent of straight respondents supported gay couples’ legal benefits, and 95 percent of them though it was fine for a man and a woman to peck each other on the cheek in public.
But when asked the same question about a gay male couple, that 95 percent support dropped to 55. When asked about two women, it jumped back up to 72 percent.
This is nothing new, really. It’s the “I don’t care what you do in your bedroom but down’t flaunt your lifestyle in my face, and certainly not in my children’s faces” set to numbers. Kind of like saying, “I’m not a racist — I had a black friend back in college.”
But to see it laid out in such stark detail is a reminder that we still have a long way to go before society truly deems us equal.
And we have our own attitude problems as well. Even among gay respondents, support for same-sex PDA dropped in comparison to the same heterosexual affection.
Originally published at Queerty.com.
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