Attitudes toward same-sex marriage: the case of Scandinavia

J Homosex. 2013;60(9):1349-60. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2013.806191.


The purpose of this study was to examine the variables that explain attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Using recently collected Scandinavian data (from Norway and Sweden) with a high response rate, this study shows that gender, regular participation in religious activities, political ideology, education, whether the respondent lived in the capital city, and attitudes toward gender equality were important for attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Age and income were not important for attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Although both Norwegians and Swedes clearly favor same-sex marriage, Swedes are significantly more positive than Norwegians.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Young Adult