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gay/lesbian is not correct, but I have no objections to this. If that is what you are or want to practice as long as it does not interfere with the ability [sic] + quality of [sic] pt care rendered [sic] If you are homosexual in your privacy I think it is OK, but when you express this in public, even though a person is entitled to their actions [sic] + feelings, I believe this somewhat confuses our youth/children [sic] + is not.”

Adoption was also a somewhat gay-affirmative theme. One respondent commented, [sic] “Adoption issue so few babies Æ only reason again gay adoption—great if would consider non-infant adoptions;” another respondent wrote, “I know of 2 successful situations” next to ATLG item 11 (“Male homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children the same as heterosexuals”). Two (2) of the members of the sample also wrote commentary next to ATLG item 17 (“I would not be too upset if I learned my son were a homosexual”). These responses not declared by the researcher as gay-affirmative or homonegative included, “He is;” “I would worry about his self acceptance and his acceptance by society—it is not an easy lifestyle;” and “Unfortunately [sic] would have to contend with the greater issue of social acceptance not familial acceptance. This would trouble me somewhat.”

Religious beliefs were overwhelmingly infused in the written comments deemed homonegative. One respondent wrote, [sic] “* HOMOSEXUALS CAN CHANGE THRU GOD’S HEALING * HOMOSEXUALITY IS A DEVIATION FROM GOD’S CREATION. HE CREATED A MAN AND A WOMAN…NO IN BETWEENS. HE MAINLY CREATED US FOR THE PURPOSE OF “PROCREATION.” * BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE THE

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