Predictors of Attitudes toward Lesbian and Gay Parenting in an Ecuadorian Sample

Claudia Alejandra Duque Romero, Adriana Julieth Olaya Torres

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In the past few years, Ecuador has experienced legal changes toward the
recognition of sexual minority rights. However, lesbian and gay (LG) individuals and couples still face legal obstacles to become parents and social
barriers that place their families in disadvantage compared to their heterosexual counterparts. To date, it is not known whether the legal changes
reflect society’s move toward a more progressive and accepting climate.
This study analyzed the attitudes toward LG parenting in an Ecuadorian
online-recruited sample. Three hundred thirty-eight (338) participants
answered an online questionnaire about the negative effects and the benefits of having LG parents. The strongest belief among participants was
that children of LG parents would be victimized because of their parents’
sexual orientation. Analyses indicated differences in attitudes based on
age, sexual orientation, marital status, education level, as well as religiosity.
Finally, regression models suggested that beliefs about the origins of sexual orientation and contact with LG people predicted attitude scores.
Implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageSpanish (Colombia)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2021

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