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Opposition to gay relationships in Northern Ireland falls dramatically

Joseph McCormick February 24, 2014

The percentage of people opposed to gay relationships in Northern Ireland has dropped from three quarters to a quarter over a period of just 25 years.

The NI Life and Times Survey looked at the views of 1,200 people on a range of issues, including whether they agreed with same-sex relationships.

The percentage of those who said gay relationships were “always wrong”, fell from 76% in 1989 to 28% in 2012.

In the 2012 survey, those in favour of gay relationships were younger people, women and Catholics.

The latest survey also however, found that a third of Northern Irish people disapproved of gay adoption, and were opposed to lesbians being offered fertility treatment.

A quarter of respondents did not believe that a lesbian or gay parent, or parents with a child constituted a family.

74% of respondents who said they had no religion said they supported same-sex marriage, while 66% of Catholics said they were in favour, and only 45% of Protestants.

The survey was carried out by ARK, which is run by Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Ulster.

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