Britain becomes more liberal: Number who oppose sex before marriage or gay relationships now a shrinking minority

Mail Online | 3/1/2009 | Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Liberal attitudes to sex and morality are now beginning to dominate the way most people think, an influential report said yesterday.

It found that those who believe sex should be saved for marriage and who oppose same-sex relationships are a shrinking minority.

Christians - Group - Views - Sex - Nothing

Even most Christians, historically the biggest religious group holding conservative views about sex, now believe there is nothing wrong with sex between unmarried people.

Opposition to pornography is dwindling, the report said, with six out of 10 young people under 35 now thinking that adults should be able to watch any film they like, no matter how violent or obscene.

Survey - People - Woman - Abortion - Child

The survey also said seven out of 10 people think a woman should be able to get an abortion if she does not want a child, and nearly two thirds think an abortion should automatically be available if a couple cannot afford more children.

Even among Roman Catholics, whose church leads the opposition to abortion, 61 per cent said when asked last year that abortion should be permitted if a woman does not want a child.

Figure - Level - Support - Abortion - Mid-1980s

The figure is almost double the level of Catholic support for abortion recorded in the mid-1980s, and appears to indicate that Catholic opposition to abortion is falling away in a manner similar to popular Catholic support for the religious ban on artificial contraception.

However the British Social Attitudes survey, which charted the views of nearly 3,000 people in interviews last year, found there were limits to the extent of liberal thinking.

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