Выяснилось, что натуралы гораздо чаще склонны поддерживать предоставление однополым парам равных прав с разнополыми парами (право наследования, например), чем спокойно относиться к том, что однополые пары держаться за руки "в общественном месте" или целую друг друга в щеку при прощании - расставании. Речь идет именно о таких невинных проявлениях чувств на публике, а не о страстных поцелуях - объятиях - еще чем-то.
При этом мужчина - натуралы гораздо спокойнее реагируют на поцелуи женщин, чем мужчин.
И еще более печально то, что многие гомосексуалы сами считают, что однополые пары должны показывают свои чувства на публике меньшем, чем однополые пары...
A new study led by a researcher at Indiana University suggests that heterosexuals are generally supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples, but don't want to see those couples display affection in public.
The study, which appears in the December issue of the American Sociological Review, came out of a national survey of more than 1,000 straight, gay and lesbian people.
Respondents were given one of three scenarios involving either a straight, gay or lesbian couple. In each scenario, the hypothetical couples were unmarried and living together.
Respondents were asked whether the couple should be granted legal benefits like family leave, hospital visitation and inheritance rights. They were asked if the hypothetical couple should be allowed to marry. And they were asked if they considered it acceptable for the couple to hold hands in public, to kiss on the cheek in public or to French kiss in a park.
The researchers found that straight respondents were almost equally supportive of legal benefits for couples of all orientations. About 70 percent of straight respondents said they support inheritance rights for gay and lesbian couples, for example. The level of support on the inheritance rights issue was the same for heterosexual couples.
But the straight people in the survey were less supportive of public displays of affection by gay and lesbian couples.
Almost all — 95 percent — of the heterosexuals said they approved of a straight couple kissing on the cheek in public. But only 55 percent of heterosexuals approved of gay men doing the same thing, while 72 percent said they found it OK for two lesbians to display such behavior.
The study also found that straight men were far more disapproving of public displays of affections by gay couples than they were of the same behavior by lesbians.
Long Doan, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University and lead author of the study, said one of the more interesting findings was the heterosexual respondents' answers on the question of marriage.
The researchers found that 99 percent of heterosexuals approved of legal marriage for straight couples, but just 53 percent approved of legal marriage for gay men and 59 percent for lesbians, Doan said.
Those figures are consistent with national polls that show a majority of Americans support gay marriage. But they contrast against the study's other findings of heterosexual approval of the legal rights that come with marriage, for gay and lesbian couples.
"If you grant marriage, you get all those rights," Doan said. "So there's that disconnect in heterosexuals' attitudes."
Doan said he interpreted the finding to mean that straight people view marriage in a social rather than legal context.
"Heterosexual respondents tend to think of marriage more in the way they think of public displays of affection, whereas gays and lesbians seem to think of it more in terms of rights," Doan said.
Given specific scenarios, gays and lesbians who were surveyed were in some cases less supportive of same-sex couples publicly displaying affection than they were of straight couples committing the same acts. This came as a surprise to the researchers.
"We think part of the reason they're less supportive … is that they're afraid of the negative backlash that gay and lesbian couples may experience," Doan said.