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7 indicates that public support currently is about 63%. Attitude changes on adoption rights actually preceded that of legal marriage recognition, and support remains higher for adoption than marriage equality. While this is the case, there have been fewer policy changes recently on adoption rights for same-sex couples. Fifteen states currently allow LGBT parents to petition for second- parent adoptions, but seven states currently restrict same-sex couples from second-parent adoptions. 3 The remaining states have uncertain policies. It may be the case that legalizing marriages for same-sex couples may facilitate same-sex couples adopting. Many state policies, however, provide substantial latitude to the courts in making adoption decisions. Figure 7: Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Couples National Trends in Public Opinion 3 A second-parent adoption is one in which a second parent adopts a child with the first parent who does not lose any parental rights in this process.
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23 N ON - DISCRIMINATION : N ATIONAL P OLLING T REND There are many minority groups that may be discriminated against, and whether the public perceives certain groups as actually facing a lot of discrimination speaks to the overall transmission of one group’s plight to the broader public. For LGBT people, documentation of discrimination has shown that it is pervasive in both the private and public sectors (Mallory and Sears 2014). The public has over time solidified its perspective that LGBT people face a lot of discrimination. Table 3 reports this trend, which shows that in 2013, 68 percent of the public view lesbians and gay men as facing a lot of discrimination. Although less frequently polled, Table 3 also reports a large difference between 2011 and 2013 regarding perceptions that transgender people face discrimination; 71 percent of the public in 2013 view transgender people as facing a lot of discrimination. Table 3: Perceptions of Discrimination. How much discrimination is there in the United States today against each of the following groups? Gays and Lesbians (Homosexuals) Roper a Roper a M&K b PSRA c PSRA c 2/78 2/84 4/92 7/98 2/00 A lot/Great Deal 30 35 63 33 57 None at all 15 13 4 21 5 N 2,002 2,000 1,101 602 2,283 PSRA d EGSS-III EGSS-IV PRRI e 3/00 11/11 2/12 11/13 A lot/Great Deal 37 55 52 68 None at all 18 3 5 27 N 803 1,262 1,253 4,509 Transgender People GQRR f PRRI e 7/11 11/13 Major Problem/Yes, a lot 33 71 No problem at all/No 7 19 N 800 2,254 a (Here is a list of some different types of people. Would you go down that list and for each one tell me whether you think there is a great deal of discrimination against that group in this country, or a fair amount of discrimination, or some discrimination but not much, or practically none?)...Homosexuals b (I want to ask you about how much discrimination and prejudice you think various groups in America face today. I am going to read a list of groups, and for each one, please tell me if you think that group faces a tremendous amount of discrimination and prejudice, a lot, some, a little, or no real discrimination and prejudice to speak of.)... Homosexuals c
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