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Gay Marriage And Religion Go Hand-In-Hand For Many Young Americans

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Conventional wisdom may suggest that religious groups generally oppose same-sex marriage and legal rights for gay Americans, but a new survey released Monday afternoon suggests there are major religious groups on both sides of the debate. According to the survey, young people are driving public opinion to the tipping point on both gay marriage and theological acceptance of gay people.

The poll, conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based Public Religion Research Institute, surveyed 3,000 adults in the United States and analyzed results according to age, religion, and ethnicity or race. It's findings show that far more members of the "millennial" generation, which includes adults ages 18 to 29, strongly supports same-sex marriage and believes homosexuality is moral and compatible with religion than do members of older generations.

"What's striking is that there's a generation gap that persists all the way down, even among more conservative groups," said Robert Jones, lead researcher and CEO of PRRI.

Among the survey's findings:

  • More than six in 10 millennials favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, 69 percent support gay adoption, 71 percent support civil unions and 79 percent support employment discrimination protections. Among senior citizens, one in three support gay marriage, while 51 percent support civil unions and 58 percent support employment discrimination protections. The survey counts senior citizens as people who are 65 or older.
  • Among millennials who are white evangelical Christians, 44 percent support legalization of same-sex marriage, compared to 12 percent of evangelical senior citizens and 19-percent of evangelicals overall.
  • Almost 7 in 10 millennials (69 percent) believe religious groups are alienating young people by being too judgemental about gay and lesbian issues. Only 37 percent of senior citizens share the same view.
  • Disregarding religion, nearly half (49 percent) of Republican millennials support gay marriage, compared to 19 percent of Republican senior citizens and 31 percent of Republicans overall.

Jones said that younger people may be more supportive of legal protections and recognition for gay people because they are more likely to know them or have gay friends. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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