Straight Men Who Watch Porn are More Likely to Vote For Gay Marriage

A new study says the more porn a straight man consumes, the more likely he’lll support marriage equality.

Ladies, if you’re worried your man may be watching too much porn behind your back, please believe the LGBTQ community when we say: It’s totally OK! A new study published in the Communication Research journal says that straight men who watch lots of porn are more likely to support same-sex marriage. The reasoning, explains Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright in an article in the Washington Examiner, is pretty simple:

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.

Five-hundred straight men were surveyed over the course of a six-year period, which showed “over-time increases in support for same-sex marriage.” The authors of the study also note that, even though “lesbian porn is quite popular among straight males,” the study reflects “a change in males’ attitude regarding male-male marriage,” too.

In January, pornhub.com released results from a study of their own that say people in Washington D.C. watch twice as much porn as any other state in the U.S. Good news, considering gay marriage is up for a huge vote next month in the Supreme Court. Anyone have a few good links we could email judges Thomas and Roberts?

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