Age Differences in LGBT Attitudes Toward Marriage Equality

  • Elaine M. Maccio Louisiana State University
  • Sara Mateer DeRosa Baton Rouge General Medical Center
  • Scott E. Wilks Louisiana State University
  • Amy L. Wright Louisiana State University School of Social Work
Keywords: LGBT, marriage equality, older adults, same-sex marriage, voting behavior

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare attitudes of older versus younger lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals regarding marriage equality. Data were collected via self-report questionnaires from 350 LGBT adults in a mid-size city in the southern United States. Older and younger LGBT cohorts did not differ significantly in voter registration, political party affiliation, awareness of LGBT political issues, or voting on social issues. Older LGBT adults were less likely to find same-sex marriage important. Yet, age cohorts did not differ significantly on legalizing same-sex marriage. Social work implications are discussed regarding this policy area.

Author Biographies

Elaine M. Maccio, Louisiana State University
Associate Professor LSU School of Social Work
Sara Mateer DeRosa, Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Medical Social Worker
Scott E. Wilks, Louisiana State University
John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work and Associate Professor LSU School of Social Work
Published
2014-10-07
Section
Articles