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One In Five Britons Would Refuse To Attend Gay Wedding

This according to a recent BBC Radio poll:

BritAs legislation in England and Wales allowing gay couples to marry comes into force on Saturday, the BBC Radio 5 live survey also found men were nearly twice as likely to stay away as women.

The poll of 1,007 people found 68% agreed gay marriage should be permitted, with 26% opposing it.

One gay rights charity said people's attitudes were "incredibly positive".

A spokesman for lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall said it was important to highlight the fact that four in five people would accept an invitation to a gay wedding.

A further breakdown of the numbers showed that women and young people were far more likely to attend gay weddings:

Some 29% of men asked said they would not attend, compared with 16% of women.

The research also found that younger people were more likely to support same-sex marriage, with 80% of 18 to 34-year-olds backing it, compared with 44% of over-65s.

Of those polled, women were more likely to support gay marriage than men, with 75% of women for it compared with 61% of men in favour.

A majority of 59% of people asked agreed a person should not be considered homophobic for opposing the legislation permitting gay marriage.

You can review all of the results from the BBC poll, which surveyed over 1,000 people, here

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  1. This confirms only that males are less inclined to attend weddings whether:
    because of their sexual insecurity;
    their fear of being exposed when they are in the closet;
    their peer pressures from machos;
    religious doctrinaire delusions.

    In any event all we can say from this is that there are fewer males afraid of being associated with gays than there used to be

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 30, 2014 9:14:40 AM

  2. Who comes away with a headline line "One in Five Britons" refuse to attend a gay wedding when the headline is a that a large majority would?

    Why do we prefer to view ourselves and our situation in terms of victimization? EVERY group on this planet is seen unfavorably by at least "one in five". So what? Change the headline and stop reenforcing the gay man = victim equation that's constantly foisted on us.

    Posted by: will | Mar 30, 2014 9:17:11 AM

  3. 1 in 5 wouldn't be invited in the first place. You can't refuse what isn't offered, except in a poll.

    Posted by: More Cake For Me | Mar 30, 2014 9:26:28 AM

  4. Well, at least 4 out of 5 of them would go, the other one can go sit in the corner while we have all the fun!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Mar 30, 2014 9:27:04 AM

  5. You can hardly get more than 4 out 5 to agree to do anything in this world. It's called the 80/20 rule....I'm sure everyone has heard of it. Heck, I can't get 4 out of 5 of my friends to agree on a place for dinner.

    Posted by: MIke | Mar 30, 2014 9:27:21 AM

  6. Wow, I'm more upset that nearly 60% of the people polled thought that they shouldn't be considered homophobes for being homophobic.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 30, 2014 9:27:41 AM

  7. oh, they can stay home and read scrooge

    Posted by: woody | Mar 30, 2014 9:28:32 AM

  8. 20% more cake for me, bitches!

    Posted by: dommyluc | Mar 30, 2014 9:42:23 AM

  9. Did they ask whether they will attend ANY wedding? I personally don't like attending weddings, gay or straight.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 30, 2014 10:01:32 AM

  10. Since 26% opposes gay marriage and 25% won't attend gay weddings. The second question seems to be redundant.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 30, 2014 10:07:56 AM

  11. I agree about the headline. It should be: 4 out of 5 Britons WOULD attend a gay wedding. Considering it wasn't that long ago that many people didn't even think gays should be ALLOWED to marry, we shouldn't take this kind of societal progress for granted.

    Posted by: WW | Mar 30, 2014 10:15:46 AM

  12. what about if it was a son, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, brother, father, sister...? wanna bet they'd at least be standing in the back???

    Posted by: mike/ | Mar 30, 2014 10:18:22 AM

  13. Were they invited in the first place? I would hate to shove a beautiful piece of cake down those nasty mouths. Talk about turning something beautiful into poison.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Mar 30, 2014 10:18:34 AM

  14. They stay home and unfriendly.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 30, 2014 10:44:59 AM

  15. Wow. This is a: 1) well-written piece, 2) which presents facts, 3) about an important subject 4) that is relevant to gay people and 5) is not click bait posted by the vile antigay Dan Villarreal.

    What a pleasant surprise. Thank you Mr. Steve Pep and please keep posting.

    Posted by: John Meritor | Mar 30, 2014 11:12:45 AM

  16. It's great that the vast majority WOULD attend. As for the other 1 in 5, we can't really assume anything about their reasons with no follow-up or comparison questions. Would they have also said "no" to "Would you attend a hetero wedding?" or even "Would you attend a wedding?"
    And then some would have their own varied or even eccentric reasons for saying no. (Ex.: "My only gay friend who's getting married anytime soon is having the wedding in New Zealand, so no, I couldn't attend.")
    Obviously, SOME of them are homophobic (and can't recognize that fact), but we don't know how many.

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 30, 2014 11:27:10 AM

  17. UK is still very homophobic country with shocking number of gay people in the closet.

    Posted by: litper | Mar 30, 2014 11:36:29 AM

  18. It's not surprising that more males would refuse to attend a gay wedding than females.

    About 1/3 of straight men are chagrined at any advances that minorities, women and gays make because they see these advances as a challenge to their social and economic privileges. For straight men who aren't particularly bright or capable, these social and economic advances are perceived --perhaps unconsiously-- by them as making their lives more difficult.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 30, 2014 12:06:34 PM

  19. Litper (Rick), speaking of gay people in the closet, you're here to post some negative comments from your place of closeted anonymity. Pot, meet kettle.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 30, 2014 12:09:58 PM

  20. 20 %? Eh, you won't be missed.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Mar 30, 2014 12:11:56 PM

  21. Tyler, please see a doctor to cure your paranoia. I'm using British official statistics where only 1,5% identifies as LGB; it's much lower than US where 4% identify as LGB

    Posted by: litper | Mar 30, 2014 12:16:05 PM

  22. I wonder when answering this question if occurred to the respondents that if they were invited to a gay wedding it would mean they actually knew or were somehow related to at least one of the gays involved. As we know, It's different to think about it in abstract terms of strangers than when dealing with friends/family members.

    Posted by: e.c. | Mar 30, 2014 12:30:35 PM

  23. Stupid headline. Good piece otherwise.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 30, 2014 1:03:28 PM

  24. Who cares? Why do people desperately seek approval from strangers? The most important thing is equal rights. F*** anything else!

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 30, 2014 1:15:29 PM

  25. @litper those statistics come from a flawed Office of National Statistics poll a couple of years ago. The accepted figure governmentally is that about seven per cent of the UK population is gay or lesbian

    Posted by: dazzer | Mar 30, 2014 1:33:08 PM

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