Nearly One-Third Of Men In Scotland Say Same-Sex Relationships Are ‘Wrong’

A new poll shows almost one-third of men in Scotland disapprove of same-sex relationships, according to UK news site iNews.

The survey, conducted by polling company Survation, found 28% of male Scots feel same-sex relations are ‘wrong.’

This is in contrast to only 13% of women in Scotland who feel the same.

Across the board, 1 in 5 Scots (20%) do not approve of gay relationships.

This data comes as a bit surprising for a country often viewed as LGBTQ-friendly.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Scotland on December 16, 2014.

The government has announced plans to introduce the world’s first LGBTQ school curriculum and could soon be the first country in the United Kingdom to officially recognize a third gender as recent polling shows 56% support for full legal recognition of non-binary people.

 

The director of Stonewall Scotland, Colin Macfarlane, says the new survey underscores why the LGBTQ community can’t become ‘complacent.’

“We know that in Scotland one in five people have experienced a hate crime in the last year because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Macfarlane told iNews.

“We know that only half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their family and two in five trans people avoid certain streets because they don’t feel safe,” he added. “Scotland has changed for the better over the course of the last 30 years, but there is much more to be done before everyone is accepted without exception.”

Gordon MacRae, chief executive for the Humanist Society Scotland which commissioned the survey, said, “It is disappointing to see continued opposition to same-sex relationships amongst a minority but nevertheless sizeable proportion of the community.”

“There clearly continues to be work done to ensure Scotland is a fully inclusive nation for LGBT people,” he added.

(h/t iNews)

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