Out of 10 People Oppose Sodomy Laws
Advocate, May 7, 2003
Seventy-four percent of American adults surveyed last
month favor the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning antigay sodomy laws. This
was the latest finding of a national online poll, released Tuesday by Witeck-Combs
Communications and Harris Interactive. “Even when we exclude respondents who
self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered, support for
overturning state sodomy laws does not change significantly,” said Darin
Johnson, vice president at Witeck-Combs Communications. “It is clear that an
overwhelming majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court should overturn
all state laws that interfere with private sexual relations between consenting
adults, whether same-sex or opposite-sex couples.” Currently the U.S.
Supreme Court is considering Lawrence v. Texas, which challenges the antigay
sodomy law in Texas.
These are highlights of a nationwide survey of more than
2,000 adults, of whom approximately 7% self-identified as gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgendered. The survey was conducted online April 17-23 by
Harris Interactive, with analysis of GLBT data provided by Witeck-Combs
Communications Inc., a strategic public relations and marketing communications
firm with special expertise in GLBT issues:
1) 75% of self-described Republicans oppose state laws
that regulate sexual relations that occur in the private home of an adult
same-sex couple in a domestic partnership (as do 88% of self-labeled
Democrats). In addition, seven out of 10 Americans (70%) who characterize
their personal ideology as “conservative” also oppose such laws.
2) Americans from all regions in the United States
express opposition to state sodomy laws, including 76% of Southerners, 80% of
Midwesterners, 88% of Westerners, and 89% of Easterners, who say they oppose
state laws that regulate the private sexual relations of adult same-sex
couples in a domestic partnership.
3) 66% of adults over the age of 50 agree that the U.S.
Supreme Court should overturn state sodomy laws that apply solely to same-sex
4) A majority of all American adults surveyed said
same-sex couples who engage in private, consenting sexual relations should not
be denied basic rights and opportunities: 82% opposed denial of health
benefits to a couple; 87% opposed denial of rental housing; 74% opposed denial
of certain jobs, such as teaching; and 59% opposed denial of the right to
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