According to a Pew Center survey, only six percent of Spaniards say homosexuality is 'morally unacceptable.'
Times have changed. The country that drove out its Jews in the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue has apologized and granted citizenship to Sephardic descendants, and was recently just named the most gay-friendly place in the world.
The Pew Research Center gathered data on morality from 40 countries all over the world. Respondents were asked whether issues including gambling, premarital sex, abortion, and homosexuality are morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue. Only six percent of Spanish respondents said homosexuality is morally unacceptable, and 55 percent said it's morally acceptable. 38 percent said homosexuality is not a moral issue. In America, by contrast, a disheartening 37 percent called homosexuality morally unacceptable, with 23 percent and 35 percent saying it's acceptable or not a moral issue, respectively.
European countries in general were the most LGBT-tolerant of the countries surveyed, with fewer than 20 percent of respondents in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Britain, and Italy believing homosexuality to be unacceptable. The least tolerant countries were in Africa and the Middle East, with Ghana topping each category for percentage of respondents calling any behavior morally unacceptable.
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