Reports & Research

From wrongs to rights: 1973 to 1999: Public opinion on gay and lesbian Americans moves toward equality

Report Type: 
November 30, 1999

Looking at the years 1973 through 1999, it is clear to see a growing majority of the American public supports lesbian and gay equal rights.

Though the majority of Americans support:

  • Employment and housing non-discrimination;
  • Gays in the military;
  • Tangible benefits that accrue to married couples.

They still oppose:

  • Same-sex marriage;
  • Adoption.

Despite what the anti-gay right wing claims, mainstream America can be an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights movement.