Some 58% of orthodox Protestants in the Netherlands think homosexuality is wrong, making them the most anti-gay group in the country, according to new research from the government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP.
Muslims are also more likely to reject homosexuality – 53% think it is wrong to be gay, the research shows. And just 25% of orthodox Protestant and Muslim parents would accept it if their child had a same-sex partner, the SCP research shows.
The SCP says the results of its survey show there has been no improvement in the acceptance of homosexuality in staunch religious circles, despite government campaigns.
In terms of ethnic groupings, one in 10 native Dutch people consider homosexuality to be wrong, and one in six would consider it a problem if their child had a same-sex partner.
Around half of Dutch people with a Moroccan or Turkish background say homosexuality is wrong but ‘in general’ the second generation is more positive than the first, the SCP says.
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