Half of British men think two gay dads shouldn’t raise children

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads shouldn’t raise children
06 March 2014

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

While still not good enough, the statistics show a huge leap forward in the past 30 years.

In 1983, only 8% of the population were in favor with gay adoption, while 87% disagreed.

The analysis of the British Social Attitudes survey, which asked over 3,000 people, also found strong generational trends, with those under 35 far more likely to support same-sex couples bringing up children.

One in five of 17-34 year olds think gay male couples can’t bring up children as well as opposite sex couples, in comparison to 57% of the over-55s;

And 17% of 17-34 year olds think lesbian couples can’t bring up children as well as couples of the opposite sex, in comparison to 50% of the over-55s.

Penny Young, Chief Executive of NatCen Social Research commented: ‘This research shows just how much things have changed, but also that among a large minority traditional perceptions of families remain intact.

‘Although campaigners may well be disheartened by just how much this issue continues to divide the public, there are certainly positives for them to take from this research – the vast generational differences suggest a view on its way out.’

In the world’s largest study on the affect gay parents has on children, the initial results found kids are generally happier, healthier and more sociable than those raised by straights.



No thumbnail available

Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei and others react to death of Robin Williams

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'
No thumbnail available

UK paper prints advert attacking pro-gay columnist

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'
No thumbnail available

Nick Griffin won’t face action over B&B couple tweet

British National Party leader Griffin is in the clear after tweeting address of gay couple who won court case against gay couple
No thumbnail available

Happy birthday to Madonna

The Material Girl turns 54 today and shows no sign of stopping after nearly three decades in pop
No thumbnail available

Police arrest abusive ‘sodomy video’ gays, claims Uganda tabloid

Sunday Pepper newspaper publishes salacious account of police arresting a ‘bum-shafting duo’ who allegedly lure young men into sex films
No thumbnail available

First pride march in Pune India

Almost 100 join the first gay pride march in the Indian city of Pune in Maharashtra
No thumbnail available

Boy Scouts of America refuses to meet with ousted lesbian den leader

'Our mission does not include teaching young people about sex or sexual orientation'
No thumbnail available

Interview with writer John Corvino

Johm Corvino talks gay marriage, Maggie Gallagher, and their book Debating Same-Sex Marriage
No thumbnail available

Old pals Elton John and Billie Jean King to host tennis event in London to benefit AIDS

The famous pair, friends for 41 years, have raised more than $12 million for AIDS charities
No thumbnail available

Saturday Night Live pokes fun at gay marriage and North Korea's supreme leader

Saturday Night Live opening has fun with politicians, gay marriage and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un