Same sex marriage ceremony wording

A Survey of LGBT Americans Chapter 4: Same sex marriage ceremony wording and Parenting Support for the legal right to marry and adopt children is nearly universal within the LGBT population. Still, LGBT adults are less likely than the general public to want to marry or have children.

LGBT adults—mostly bisexuals in opposite-sex relationships—are currently married, compared with about half of adults in the general public. Within the LGBT population, gay men are less likely than lesbians to say they are currently a parent or would like one day to become one. Bisexuals are more likely than gay men and lesbians to already be parents. LGBT adults are somewhat divided on whether the issue of same-sex marriage should play as prominent a role as an LGBT issue as it has in recent years. Among the general public, support for same-sex marriage has grown markedly over the past decade, but it still falls well below the levels registered within the LGBT population.

There are large differences by age among the general public on the question of same-sex marriage. LGBT adults who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party say the same. LGBT Democrats either strongly favor or favor same-sex marriage. LGBT adults and the general public. When it comes to recognition of a marriage in a religious ceremony, the views of bisexuals are closer to those of gay men and lesbians than they are to the general public.

Both lesbians and bisexual women are more likely than gay and bisexual men to be in committed relationships. Among LGBT respondents who say they are in some type of committed relationship, almost all gay men and lesbians have same-sex partners, while the overwhelming majority of bisexuals have opposite-sex partners. LGBT respondents either are currently married or would like to get married. The general public’s views on allowing gay men and lesbians to adopt children also parallel their views on same-sex marriage. Just as public support for same-sex marriage has increased over the past 10 to 15 years, so has support for adoption by gay men and lesbians. There are large age gaps on this issue among the general public as well.

65 and older favor allowing gay men and lesbians to adopt. The shares of parents with children of any age and parents with children younger than 18 among adults in the general public are about twice as high as they are among LGBT adults. 18 currently living in their household. LGBT adults of all ages either have children already or would like to have children someday.