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Report: Homosexuality Gains Increased Acceptance in U.S.

Mario Tama/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Homosexuality is becoming more widely accepted in the U.S., according to new research from a General Social Survey by NORC at the University of Chicago.

HealthDay reports that the study surveyed more than 2,000 people and found that the vast majority of Americans support equality for homosexual people.

The report found that 70 percent of Americans felt homosexuality was "always wrong" in 1973. That percentage dropped to 44 percent by 2010.

"There is a large generation gap on the issue [of same-sex marriage]," noted Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at NORC and author of the NORC report. While 64 percent of those under age 30 support gay marriage, just 27 percent of those aged 70 or older feel the same.

In 1988 there was an 11 percent approval rate for gay marriage. In 2010 there was a 46 percent approval rating.

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