Study finds that nearly a third of Scottish men believe that same-sex relationships are “wrong”

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The study was looking at attitudes toward religion in Scotland.

A study, commissioned by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS), has found that nearly a third of Scottish men believe that same-sex relationships are “wrong”.

And the study also found that one in five, out of the 1,000 people who took the survey, believed that same-sex couples shouldn’t be having sex.

A breakdown of some of the figures showed that men were more opposed to the thought of same-sex relationships with 28% being against, with this number falling to 13% when it came to women.

Gordon McRae, the chief executive of the HSS said: “It is disappointing to see continued opposition to same-sex relationships amongst a minority but nevertheless sizeable proportion of the community.

“As Humanists, we support individuals living a loving life with those who make them happy. There clearly continues to be work done to ensure Scotland is a fully inclusive nation for LGBT people.”

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And Colin Macfarlane, the director of Stonewall Scotland said: “These findings confirm what our own research show us: that while progress has been made we cannot be complacent.

“We know that in Scotland one in five people have experienced a hate crime in the last year because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We know that only half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their family and two in five trans people avoid certain streets because they don’t feel safe.

“Scotland has changed for the better over the course of the last 30 years, but there is much more to be done before everyone is accepted without exception.”

Despite this minority of people, things are getting better for the LGBTQ community in Scotland. Last month, following a consultation, the Scottish government confirmed that they would “bring forward legislation on gender recognition” making them the first country in the United Kingdom to legally recognise a third gender.

The Scottish Trans Alliance welcomed the results, adding that with the large amount of respondents and a majority agreeing with changes to be made indicates that the public’s view on the issue is “clear”.

“While advancing equality for minority groups does not depend on opinion polling, it is always great to see high levels of consultation support,” said the group’s manager James Morton.

“We also welcome that opponents of the reforms have been able to freely share their views with the Government, as we believe that constructive dialogue and close scrutiny of legislation proposals is always helpful in ensuring there will be no unintended consequences.”

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