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Irish newspaper poll reveals
more tolerance for gay rights
Far-ranging survey on changing views in Ireland addresses gay
marriage and adoption, gay relatives, voting for gay poljt cans
From wire reports
A newspaper survey on attitudes about homo-
sexuality and gay rights reveals dramatic changes
in Ireland, according to the Irish Examiner.
"In stark contrast with the deeply homophobic
atmosphere of relatively recent times, it is clear
that public opinion is undergoing major transfor-
mation," the newspaper reported. "Tolerance and
acceptance of homosexuality are key features of
the national survey, showing that times are
changing in a positive manner."
The far-ranging poll examined popular views
on questions such as gay marriage and adoption,
wherether homosexuality is right or wrong, how
people would react to having a gay relative and
whether or not they would vote for a gay politi-
"Overall the responses reflect a ground shift of
attitudes with a society where, in the past, young
people have literally been driven to sucide
because they were afraid of coming out of the
closet for fear of being harassed and bullied by
their peers," the newspaper editorialized.
Only 16 percent of the people surveyed said
they believed homosexuality was wrong. Men
were twice as likely as women to hold that view.
Opinion was more sharply divided on the issue
of gay marriage or civil unions, with 51 percent
in favor. Women were more likely to favor the
option of gay marriages and unions.
Older age groups were more likely to oppose
About half said gay men and lesbians should
have the right to adopt while 36 percent said they
About half of the people surveyed said they
would have no problem with a relative being gay,
and 67 percent said they would vote for a gay
Human Rights Watch protests
to Guatemalan government
From Wire Reports
The Human Rights Watch has demanded in a
letter to the Guatemalan President Oscar Berger
that the government take quick steps to stop
deadly attacks on GLBT people.
The group said a transgender woman was
murdered and another critically injured when
they were gunned down on a street in Guatemala
City on Dec. 17.
Eyewitnesses reported that four men on
motorcycles wearing police uniforms fired the
shots. The men reportedly identified themselves
as members of the national police.
"The cold-blooded shootings are just the latest
tragedy in Guatemala's pattern of deadly vio-
lence based on sexual orientation or gender iden-
tity," said Jessica Stern, a researcher in the GLBT
program at Human Rights Watch. "The police
have not done enough to protect lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people, and now there
is concern that they may be responsible for
In 2005 13 transgender and gay men were
murdered in Guatemala. In one month last fall
three gay men were murdered in Guatemala City.
The group said there have been no prosecu-
tions of the three murders.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006, newspaper, February 24, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238897/m1/31/: accessed August 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.