Homosexuals better-accepted, but not for child-adoption rights
Updated: 2005-11-19 12:02
A recent survey indicates young people are more
broad-minded about homosexuals as a group, with 75 percent of those polled
accepting homosexual acquaintances, 37 percent among their friends and 21
percent among their relatives. However, few people agree with allowing
homosexual couples to adopt children.
The random sampling, conducted among 324 students in the colleges and
graduate schools of three local universities by a Shanghai Normal University
professor, was aimed at discovering the younger, educated generation's attitudes
Cen Guozhen, a professor of psychology at Shanghai Normal University,
released the results earlier this week at a psychology seminar in Shanghai.
"Most respondents display understanding and tolerance to homosexuals," Cen
concluded, finding that 75 percent had no problem that some people around them
were homosexual, and 71 percent saying they didn't think the presence of
homosexuals affected society adversely.
However, their tolerance is still limited, with only 37 percent accepting the
proposition of numbering a homosexual among their friends, and 21 percent among
their relatives. More than half of those polled were afraid that homosexuals
would have a bad influence on their families and their marriage, if they were
"The result of the survey shows that people accept the common rights of
homosexuals, except the right to raise children," Cen said. Of those polled, 43
percent said they shouldn't be able to adopt, 34 percent said they were not
certain about it, and only 23 percent said they should.
It's common sense that a family comprises a father and mother, representing a
male and a female of different characters and of different sexual features. A
'father' and 'mother' of the same sex confuses a child's understanding of the
world, Zen explained.