All studies reported in this article made use of convenience samples. Sometimes these lines can move over time — but again, that is what government is supposed to do. Tony Abbott, who has a particular genius for opposing things, claims that people should oppose same-sex marriage if they don't like political correctness — which is of course, well beyond the bounds of the very limited question being asked by the ABS. Opposition to equality We conducted a similar mediation analysis including opposition to equality and sexual prejudice as mediators, this time adjusting for resistance to change. Nobody is seriously proposing recriminalising that, thank goodness. Theoretically, we assume that sexual prejudice and opposition to specific policies concerning sexual minorities can be distinguished, but—at an empirical level—it may be difficult to separate these constructs.
Thus, we conclude that opposition to same-sex marriage is strongly related to sexual prejudice, and that sexual prejudice plays a key role in encouraging opposition to same-sex marriage.
Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Not a Civil Right
At this important moment in the U. We also administered a more general measure of sexual prejudice rather than aversion to gay men in particular and examined self-reported willingness to protest against same-sex marriage. Thus, we proceeded to investigate the serial multiple mediation effect see Table H in the online supplement. These protections were intended to make it clear that the bill does not require anyone to perform or solemnize marriages against their will. In Study 3, which was conducted in the United States, we investigated the hypothesis that the relationship between religiosity and opposition to same-sex marriage would be serially mediated by the endorsement of conservative ideology and sexual prejudice. So by their nature, that is, the kind of union that they have, it cannot form families.
In five studies conducted in two countries, we obtained support for a theoretical model in which religious opposition to same-sex marriage is linked to sexual prejudice and conservative preferences to maintain the status quo. The Coalition has contorted the decision-making process because it cannot manage its internal divisions, with political consequences as yet unknown, but we should not allow the question itself to be diverted or twisted out of shape. Marriage is a human right of all human beings from 3 and 4. What does human rights law say about marriage and equality? In Study 3, we saw that the mediating effect of sexual prejudice was linked to political conservatism. For all of these reasons, elucidating the social and psychological processes that shape prejudicial attitudes and behaviors toward gay men and lesbian women is critical for informing theory and practice aimed at enhancing individual and collective well-being as well as the efforts of advocacy groups to promote social justice. And it is not about whether the Labor party is hypocritical for not changing the law during its time in government.