Attitudes on Gay Parenting Across Countries

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 4:45 PM
Room: 419
Distributed Paper
Christian Michael ENTOMA , Social Weather Stations, Quezon City, Philippines
In recent years, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups in the Philippines have been actively advocating for equal rights as citizens of the Philippines.   These groups even formed their own political party list groups that joined the political race in 2010 and 2013 elections, but unfortunately did not win any Congressional seats because Filipinos were not yet ready for LGBT leaders.  Therefore, it would not be surprising if attitudes towards gay parenting would not be so favorable. 

Social Weather Stations (SWS), a non-stock, non-profit research institution, conducted the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) module that asked about, among other things, attitudes towards marriage and alternative family norms – which includes gay parenting – in its 2012 November nationwide survey.  The survey found out that opinion is split towards the idea of a same sex female couple raising a child, with no differences in opinion among males and females.  Plurality is not in favor of a same sex male couple raising a child, with this opinion being also true among females.  This paper will also compare findings with 47 other ISSP member countries to see the level of acceptance of these alternative parenting setups.