Are younger generations more open-minded and accepting of same-sex marriage than older generations?
According to a recent study by Pew Research, that just might be the case.
Read on for the full scoop.
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Study Shows Each Generation More Open to Same-Sex Marriage Than the Last
The generation gap is real, and sometimes, the differences are bigger than they seem.
Most of the members of Gen Z are still very young, but they are more racially and ethnically diverse than the other generations, and of course, a lot more open to the world today.
With constant access to technology and almost no memory of the world before smartphones, they are connected to the online world like never before and capable of making their own judgments.
According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, younger generations are much more diverse than the older ones, and because of that, more open to diversity.
“Members of Gen Z are more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation, and they are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet.”Advertisement
Millennials and Gen Zers, above all other generations, are also more open to accepting people as they are, rather than as someone else tells them they should be.
About 35% of Gen Zers are using gender neutral pronouns on a regular basis because they personally have gender-fluid friends.
They also believe that online forms should give more options when choosing the gender of a person.
About six-in-ten Gen Zers (59%) say forms or online profiles should include additional gender options, compared with half of Millennials, about four-in-ten Gen Xers and Boomers (40% and 37%, respectively)…Pew Research
How do they feel about same-sex marriage, though? Let’s take a look.
Where Does Each Generation Stand on Same-Sex Marriage?
The different generations were asked about their views on legalizing same-sex marriages.
FYI, the “Silent generation” refers to those born between 1928 and 1945. Boomers fall between the late 40s and mid 60s. GenX from 1965 to 1980, Millenials from about 1980 to 2004 and GenZ from 2005 on.
According to the results, 48% of Gen Z respondents believe that gay marriages are a good thing, 36% believe that it doesn’t make a difference and about 15% are against it.
These numbers are close to the Millennial’s opinions, who believe in proportion of 47% that it’s a good thing and only 15% believe it’s bad.
The boomers on the other hand, are completely opposite. Only 27% believe that gay marriage is a good thing, while 32% say that it shouldn’t be something in this world.
Another aspect we looked into, was the Millennial’s and Gen Zers views on single moms raising children. For the most part, they are completely accepting of that too, a lot more than Boomers and the Silent Generation are.
The generation Z is the result of years of progressiveness, and most of them experienced life on both sides.
They have friends that like to go by gender neutral pronouns, and they respect everyone as they are.
This study basically shows that each generation is more open to same-sex marriage and passionate about LGBTQ rights than the last, and if you look at it it’s an expected outcome.
The new generations are less nationalist, and more open to other ideas and facts, even to those that they aren’t personally connected to.