Volume 9

College Students’ Attitudes Toward Homosexuality and the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages

Leia Georgeopolus

This study was designed to examine attitudes towards homosexuality in general and, specifically, attitudes towards same-sex marriages being legalized and, therefore, allowing for parenthood. One hundred and four participants’ provided demographics information and completed several scales designed to measure homophobia. They also evaluated acceptance of same-sex marriages in general, by family and legally after reading one of four scenarios varying by couple gender and desire for children. It was shown that women were more tolerant of homosexual marriage than men and that number of homosexual friends was associated with tolerant attitudes. However, homophobia did increase when items indicated risk of personally being perceived as homosexual. Family views on their acceptance of the homosexual couple getting married and having children were examined. Also examined were views on laws being changed to accommodate homosexual marriage and provide homosexual couples the same opportunities that heterosexual couples are provided.

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