Mail Online 29 Sep 2012
Only one in every 66 people say they are gay or bisexual, a nationwide survey revealed yesterday.
The numbers are in contrast with the decades-old and widely accepted 10 per cent figure for the gay population, and the 6 per cent estimate used by Whitehall when civil partnership legislation was drawn up in 2003.
The Office of National Statistics survey found that 1.5 per cent of men say they are gay, 0.7 per cent of women say they are lesbian, and 0.4 per cent of people identify themselves as bisexual.
The scale of the gay population – a subject of deep sensitivity among both gay rights groups and their opponents – has remained virtually unchanged since the ONS began large-scale surveys three years ago.
Campaigners against same-sex marriage said the figures showed that the gay population was ‘tiny’, and questioned David Cameron’s policy of changing the laws.
The Christian Institute think-tank said the ONS numbers meant the Prime Minister was revolutionising the marriage laws for the sake of new rights for a very small group. Spokesman Mike Judge said: ‘It is staggering that such a monumental change is being carried out on behalf of a tiny proportion of society.’