Essay about Same Sex Marriage By Racial Categories
Figure 1 presents the level of perceived impact of same-sex marriage by racial categories. Overall, 56% of the respondents perceive same-sex marriage to have a large impact on their personal lives, while 28% some (moderate levels of) impact and 16% expect little to no impact. A higher proportions of respondents expect a large impact among those who identify as Hispanic/Latino (60%), Native American (61%), and multiracial (63%). Among black respondents (both those who only identify as black and multiracial blacks), approximately 16% expect little to no impact of same-sex marriage on their lives, 30% some impact, and 51% a large impact—lowest proportion of respondents expecting a large impact among all racial categories. This suggests that black LGBTs are more ambivalent about same-sex marriage in comparison to other racial groups.
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Figure 2 and Figure 3 shows the relative salience or importance of sexual and/or racial identity by perceived impact of same-sex marriage and race categories. Overall, most respondents consider sexual identity to be more important (43%) or both identities to be equally important (37%). While most (61%) of respondents who perceive same-sex marriage to have a large impact on their lives consider their sexual identity to be more important than racial identity, only 43% of respondents who consider their racial identity over sexual identity in salience do the same. Among race…