STUDY: Porn helps straight men support gay marriage

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The Iowa Supreme Court's consideration of a gay marriage bill rallied activists on both sides of the issue. (Liz Martin/AP/The Gazette)

A new study suggests that exposing heterosexual men to pornography increases the likelihood that they'll support gay marriage.

A new scholarly analysis suggests that the more straight guys, especially those who are less educated, watch pornographic videos, the more they warm to same-sex marriage. The reason: Porn opens their mind up to accepting non-traditional sexual situations, like gay sex.

The authors used studies of approximately 500 straight guys over the past six years that were funded by the National Science Foundation . Their findings were published in the Communication Research journal. They also speculate that the popularity of lesbian pornography helps warm the heterosexual men to the idea of same-sex marriage.

Of note, the authors suggested that since lesbian porn "is quite popular among males," the change seen in the men toward same-sex marriage suggests "a change in males' attitude regarding male-male marriage." [Washington Examiner]


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