As support for same-sex marriage has increased, other attitudes about homosexuality have changed as well. These opinions represent a shift over the past decade, even if in some cases the short-term changes have been modest. That is little changed since , but much higher than in the early s. Slightly more people now say they know a lot of gays or lesbians than did so two years ago.
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Introduction to Christian Denominations
These electorates are some of the most ethnically and culturally diverse in Australia, with high immigrant populations, and that factor has been strongly linked to the no vote. But the factor that correlated most strongly with a no vote was religious affiliation, not overseas birth. It had a correlation of The following graphs show the percentage of yes voters in every electorate in the postal survey, mapped against census data for each electorate. And higher education levels had a slightly, but not remarkably positive relationship with voting yes. A closer look at each religion shows that Islam was the strongest indicator of a no vote, but still a weaker indicator than religion per se.
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Traditionally relationships have been between a man and woman. However, in the modern world same-sex relationships are common, and have caused some issues to religious believers. In , the UK saw the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act , which allowed same-sex couples to have the same legal rights as married men and women. Same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales in Most Church statements that deal with homosexuality only refer to male homosexuality but the same principles can apply to lesbians.
Organised religion and sexuality haven't always been the most comfortable bedfellows. In some 74 countries around the world same-sex relationships are illegal, while the rights of trans people remain unprotected - with religion often a sticking point for progression. In February, the charity enlisted representatives across 36 religious communities - including from the Church of England, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism - to start conversations about LGBT equality and combat harmful myths that can tear apart families and even lead to imprisonment and death. Dominic Arnall, Head of Projects and Programmes at Stonewall, told The Independent : "There is a common misconception that being LGBT and having faith are mutually exclusive, that faith communities are exclusively homophobic and that LGBT people do not participate in faith groups or attend places of worship.