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5.2: Public Attitudes about Sexual Orientation

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  • Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the extent and correlates of heterosexism.
    2. Understand the nature of public opinion on other issues related to sexual orientation.
    3. Describe how views about LGBT issues have changed since a few decades ago.

    As noted earlier, views about gays and lesbians have certainly been very negative over the centuries in the areas of the world, such as Europe and the Americas, that mostly follow the Judeo-Christian tradition. There is no question that the Bible condemns homosexuality, with perhaps the most quoted Biblical passages in this regard found in Leviticus:

    • “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (Leviticus 18:22).
    • “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” (Leviticus 20:13).

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    The Bible contains several passages that appear to condemn homosexuality.

    Sean MacEntee – Bible – CC BY 2.0.