How many people are gay

The Economist
May 5, 2015

ON APRIL 28th America’s Supreme Court heard arguments on whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal across the country (as it now is in most states); the final decision should be made in June. In Ireland on May 22nd a referendum will be held on “marriage equality”. Such moves reflect changing attitudes towards gay marriage, in parts of the world at least: fully 55% of Americans asked by Gallup support it, up from 27% in 1996. Progress has occurred with astounding speed; in the 1950s gay sex was illegal just about everywhere in the world. But despite these huge legal changes, it is hard to give a precise figure as to how many people will be affected. Why is it difficult to work out how many people are gay?



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