Age Differences in LGBT Attitudes Toward Marriage Equality

Elaine M. Maccio, Sara Mateer DeRosa, Scott E. Wilks, Amy L. Wright

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.

Keywords


LGBT, marriage equality, older adults, same-sex marriage, voting behavior

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Copyright (c) 2014 Elaine M. Maccio, Sara Mateer DeRosa, Scott E. Wilks, Amy L. Wright

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