Around four in five British adults would love to go to a same-sex wedding, new research suggests.
As several gay couples across England and Wales are ready to become among the first in the UK to get married tomorrow (29 March), the new legislation is a sign how much people’s attitudes have improved.
Back in the 1980s, the majority of Britons believed homosexuality was ‘always’ wrong.
In the BBC Radio 5 live survey released today (28 March), it found one in five would turn down a wedding invite from a same-sex couple.
Men were nearly twice as likely to spurn the nuptials as women, with 29% of men saying they would not attend compared to 16% of women.
The poll of 1,007 people found 68% agreed same-sex marriage should be permitted, with just 26% opposing it.
Younger people were more likely to support same-sex marriage, with 80% of 18-34-year-olds backing it, compared with 44% of over 65s.
Incidentally, in a Gay Star News poll 22% of readers said they hated going to weddings. So, potentially, these one in five Brits could be turning down all wedding invites - not just gay ones.
‘Same-sex couples are living in committed, loving relationships and people have realised that the sky has not fallen in,’ a Stonewall spokesman said.
‘This is a landmark moment and for the first time ever, someone young growing up knowing they are gay can have the exact same avenues open to them, [and know] that their relationship will be valued the same way their parents' was.
‘As campaigners and MPs have said in the past, the first thing a parent says to their son or daughter when they tell them they are gay is, “Oh, you'll never be able to get married.” Well now they can.’
The survey correlates with the British Social Attitudes Report released in 2013 that found 22% of the population are against homosexual relationships.
As years have passed, and generations have become liberal, legislation has reflected that.
In 1983, half – one in every two people – took the most critical view possible of saying homosexuality was ‘always wrong’.
While Section 28 and the HIV crisis took hold of the 1980s, the 2010s has seen same-sex marriage become legal in England and Wales.