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Study: Men Who Watch Porn are More Likely to Accept Gay Marriage

| by Michael Allen

A new study suggests that heterosexual men who view pornography on a regular basis are more likely to support gay marriage.

This work, published in Communication Research journal, claims that porn causes heterosexual men to accept non-traditional sexual situations.

Co-authored by Ashley Randall of the University of Arizona and Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright, the study focused on 500 heterosexual men over the span of six years. The change in men's feelings toward same-sex marriage was apparently due to lesbian porn, which is very popular among males.

"Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men, especially less educated heterosexual men, watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage," Wright told the Washington Examiner.

"Pornography adopts an individualistic, nonjudgmental stance on all kinds of nontraditional sexual behaviors and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex. If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex.

"Since a portion of individuals' sexual attitudes come from the media they consume, it makes sense that pornography viewers would have more positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage."

Source: WashingtonExaminer.com