In The Atlantic | Religious Americans Support Gay Marriage


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As Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments on Obergefell v. Hodges, conservative religious leaders attest that legalizing same-sex marriage would equate to “open season on people of faith.” PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones writes in The Atlantic that this is hardly the case. Using PRRI’s American Values Atlas, Jones shows that support for same-sex marriage within the religious community has been increasing in the last decade. Currently, more religious Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage (47 percent) than oppose (45 percent).

Denomination-specific data gives even more insight into the debate:

Support among all religious Americans…has jumped nearly 20 percentage points, from 28 percent in 2003 to 47 percent in 2014. Among some religious groups, such as Catholics (up 25 points, from 35 percent to 60 percent support) and white mainline Protestants (up 26 points, from 36 percent to 62 percent support), the rise in support has been even more dramatic. Even white evangelical Protestants, who remain one of the groups most strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, have more than doubled their support (from 12 percent to 28 percent) over the last decade. And among younger white evangelical Protestants between the ages of 18 and 29, support sits at 45 percent.

Click here to read the full article. Visit PRRI’s American Values Atlas for more on Americans’ opinions on same-sex marriage, immigration, and abortion, as well as religious, political, and demographic data by metro area, state, and region.


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