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J Homosex. 2016 Aug;63(8):1041-51. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1150023. Epub 2016 Feb 5.

Wedding Imagery and Public Support for Gay Marriage.

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1
a Center for Political Communication , University of Delaware , Newark , Delaware , USA.
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b Department of Political Science and International Relations , University of Delaware , Newark , Delaware , USA.

Abstract

This study uses an experiment embedded in a large, nationally representative survey to test whether exposure to imagery of a gay or lesbian couple's wedding influences support for gay marriage. It also tests whether any such effects depend on the nature of the image (gay or lesbian couple, kissing or not) and viewer characteristics (sex, age, race, education, religion, and ideology). Results show that exposure to imagery of a gay couple kissing reduced support for gay marriage relative to the baseline. Other image treatments (gay couple not kissing, lesbian couple kissing, lesbian couple not kissing) did not significantly influence opinion.

KEYWORDS:

Experiment; gay marriage; imagery; prejudice; public opinion; survey; wedding

PMID:
26849489
DOI:
10.1080/00918369.2016.1150023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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