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Almost two thirds of Scots think religion causes homophobia

According to new findings from a YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall, 63% of Scots think that religious attitudes are responsible for anti-gay prejudice (the GB figure is 59%).

However, the survey results - which are summarised in the Stonewall 'Living Together' report, launched today - also found that, despite the bad public image, only 16% of 'people of faith' across Britain think homosexuality is morally unacceptable, compared to 12% in the wider population.

Calum Irving, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: "The clear implication here is that there is a problem in Scotland with religious leadership. There are a lot of people of faith in Scotland who don't seek to discriminate against the lesbian and gay population. Religious leaders who speak out against lesbian and gay equality on behalf of their faiths, may want to consider the views of the people they serve if they want to challenge the misguided conception that religion always equals homophobia."

The YouGov survey sampled 156 respondents across Scotland to gauge public opinion towards gay people on a wide range of issues, and other figures that came out of the survey are:

  • 13% of people have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work.
  • 3% of people have witnessed physical homophobic bullying at work.
  • 33% oppose civil partnerships.

You can download a copy of the full report by clicking here, and a breakdown of responses to any of the questions is also available on request.

For further information contact: Josef Church, Stonewall Scotland Communications Manager, on 0131 557 3789 / 07983 644 387, or Calum Irving, Stonewall Scotland Director, on 0131 557 3760 / 07949 161 948.

Notes

1. YouGov sampled 2,009 adults (18 +) across the UK between October 3 and October 10 2006. The Scottish sample consisted of 156 respondents, and few of the answers showed a statistically significant difference between the Scottish and UK samples. The responding sample was weighted to provide a representative reporting sample. The resulting data was analysed and presented by Stonewall.

2. Stonewall intends to conduct Living Together polling biennially in order to monitor levels of prejudice against lesbian and gay people in Britain on an ongoing basis.

3. Stonewall is the gay equality organisation founded in 1989. Founding members include Sir Ian McKellen. www.stonewall.org.uk.


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