Acceptance of same-sex gay relationships falls for first time in decades since Aids crisis

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Britain's liberalism towards same-sex relationships has declined for the first time in nearly 40 years, with experts suggesting levels of tolerance may have peaked.

In 1983 in the UK eight out of 10 people said homosexual relationships were wrong at a time when leaflets about HIV and AIDS were posted through people's doors warning: 'Don't die of ignorance'.

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But acceptance of ****, gay and bisexual Britons has steadily risen, reaching 68 per cent in 2017. Last year, however, that figure dropped to 66 per cent for the first time.

The British Social Attitudes survey claims religion could be to blame, citing a 'marked divide between the attitudes of religious and non-religious people'.

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The study, which quizzes 4,000 people and is backed by the government, found there are more people who believe in non-Christian faiths such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism than previously.

It also revealed fewer people are accepting of sex before marriage than they used to be and there is still 'some way to go' on Britain's views of the transgender community.

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While more than four out of five people had no prejudice against gender transition, fewer than half said prejudice against transgender people was always wrong.

Experts claim it is still religion that creates a divide when it comes to premarital sex, with 93 per cent of non-believers having no objection.

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On the other hand, only 66 per cent of Christians and 35 per cent of those subscribing to non-Christian faiths thought likewise.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell told The Guardian the figures revealed a 'worrying trend' in UK attitudes to the LGBT community.

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But the Christian Institute charity insisted that sex should be between a man and woman in the context of marriage.

They told the newspaper they...
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