Acceptance of same-sex relationships in the UK hits plateau after 30 years of growth

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in the UK hits plateau after 30 years of growth
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Posted on 11 Jul 2019

Research published today (Thursday 11 July) shows that acceptance of same-sex relationships in the UK has reached a ‘point of plateau’.


New findings from the British Social Attitudes survey show that acceptance has stalled year-on-year since 2016.

It’s the first time since 1987 that the number of adults who said that same-sex relations are ‘not wrong at all’ hasn’t increased from the previous time the question was polled.


Commenting on the results of its poll, the National Centre for Social Research said: “The liberalisation of attitudes [towards gay relationships] does appear to be slowing down.

“This year’s BSA data show that the liberalisation of attitudes does appear to have decelerated.


“The proportion stating that sexual relations between two adults of the same sex are ‘not wrong at all’ has now remained at around two-thirds for the past three years, indicating that while social norms have changed, there is a significant minority of the population who remain uncomfortable with same-sex relationships, and as such we may have reached a point of plateau.”

The report also states: “While we have a new and radically transformed set of social norms in the field of sexual relations and gender, we also have a significant minority who feel differently about these issues, and that minority may become increasingly focused on ensuring that socially conservative views and voices are reflected in public discussion of gender and relationships.”

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