Since Stonewall: How the Factors that Influence Social Support for Homosexuality have Changed Since 1970
From the AIDS crisis to the legalization of gay marriage, the past 40-50 years have been a period of monumental change for the social approval of homosexuality in the United States. Current research has assessed the evolution of public opinion and the factors that influence this public opinion of homosexuality, but few have considered how the impact of these demographic and social factors has changed. Using multiple OLS regression of demographic, religion, and political ideology variables on a composite indicator for homosexual social support for 10-year intervals between 1973 and 2016, results indicated that the impacts of demographic variables have decreased over time and that political party ideology and religion have increased in importance. These results indicate that, with the general social acceptance of homosexuality increasing, we must look to specific groups which have made resistance to this change a factor of group belonging.