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Reexamining Context and Same-Sex Marriage: The Effect of Demography on Public Support for Same-Sex Relationship Recognition

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Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people reside in practically every geographic region in the United States, with substantial variationregarding what proportion of that region is populated with LGB people. Given this variation, I analyze whether denser LGB congressional districts have an effect on individuals’ views on relationship recognition rightsfor same-sex couples. LGB population density could have two potentialeffects: normalizing contact or contextual threat. I find that as the LGB population density in legislative districts increases, so too does theprobability of individuals supporting relationship rights for same-sexcouples. As the results indicate, context does not increase threat.

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