Forty-three percent of Harris County residents now favor same-sex marriage, according to the annual Houston Area Survey conducted by Rice University. That’s up from just 32 percent who said they favored same-sex marriage two years ago. Also, fewer than half of Harris County residents now believe homosexuality is morally wrong. Here’s an excerpt from a recent story in The Houston Chronicle:
Every measure of support for gay rights has increased significantly in recent years, said Stephen Klineberg, the Rice University sociology professor who has directed the annual survey since 1982.
He attributed the change partly to changing individual attitudes, but mostly to the emergence of a new generation that grew up amid positive images of gay men and lesbians who no longer felt the need to conceal their sexual orientation.