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Also, members of the high school class of 2006 are twice as likely as adults to support legal recognition of gay marriages. The poll on “hot button” political issues also found that support for strong handgun control measures is almost universal among high school seniors. Though liberal on gay and gun issues, this year's high school graduates are conservative on issues surrounding abortion.The results, as related to the issue of same-sex relationships, show that 75% of the high school seniors surveyed favored legal recognition for same-sex relationships, "either as marriage or civil union". Also, three in four of the students surveyed were opposed to a Constitutional amendment which would ban marriage equality for same-sex couples. In 2001, Hamilton College did a poll specifically on gays issues. According to a press release from Hamilton College, the 2001 poll of high school seniors showed anti-gay harassment to be a serious problem. In the 2001 poll, which surveyed 1000 high school seniors, ninety percent of those surveyed reported widespread anti-gay harassment in their schools. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said that phrases such as "That's so gay" are used by students to describe things which are disliked and not favored and half of the surveyed teens reported hearing classmates use derogatory terms such as "faggot", "homo" or "dyke" to insult other classmates who are gay. ======= YAY... All hope is not lost! It seems as though the radical, religious Right (despite all that they have tried) have not yet been able to corrupt the minds of our youth: They have not turned them over to bigotry and hatred! I cannot wait for the day when youth my age and the age of those current high school seniors are old enough to become our nation's leaders. What a fine day that will be, for that will be a day when equality will seem even more attainable. Technorati Tags: gay youth, gay, lgbt, gay rights, gay marriage, high school, hamilton college, survey, teens