Knowing that a family member is gay strongly influences support for gay rights, the head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said Monday.
"The single greatest factor in predicting acceptance of LGBT people is knowing someone you love is part of our community," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
She said she based that conclusion on extensive social science research and her 20 years of working in the gay and lesbian community.
"It transcends political ideology," she said. "It transcends religious views. It transcends liberalism or education. The single most important predictor of whether you would be supportive of gay rights is if somebody close to you is gay."