A new study from Pew Research surveys the public on whether society should accept homosexuality:
The survey of publics in 39 countries finds broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America, but equally widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Opinion about the acceptability of homosexuality is divided in Israel, Poland and Bolivia.
Attitudes about homosexuality have been fairly stable in recent years, except in South Korea, the United States and Canada, where the percentage saying homosexuality should be accepted by society has grown by at least ten percentage points since 2007.
The survey also finds that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people’s lives. These are also among the richest countries in the world. In contrast, in poorer countries with high levels of religiosity, few believe homosexuality should be accepted by society.
A new map from HRC indicates the states with marriage equality (solid blue), civil unions (lighter blue), domestic partnerships (lighter blue striped), constitutional marriage bans (gray), laws banning marriage equality (red), neither marriage equality nor a ban (turquoise).
They also write:
As we approach a Supreme Court decision on the Perry case, we’ve put pen to paper and calculated what the various percentages of Americans living in marriage equality states would be if the Court returns marriage to California: 30 percent. If the Court were to find in favor of the “9 State Solution” (now seven states because of marriage victories in two states), it would be 41 percent. Obviously, if the Court were to find in favor of a fundamental right, it would be 100 percen.
Check out the full map with more detailed explanation below:
A fascinating image of human settlement patterns. Try zooming in here.