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LifeWay: Fewer Than 2 in 5 Americans Say Homosexuality Is Sin

(Updated) Yet, almost 3 in 4 "born-again, evangelical, or fundamentalist" Christians say Bible disapproves.

According to new data from LifeWay Research, only 37 percent of Americans believe that homosexual behavior is a sin—down 7 percent from similar data collected just over a year earlier.

The new statistics come just hours after Pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Barack Obama's inaugural address over his previous remarks on homosexuality.

LifeWay president Ed Stetzer says President Barack Obama's "evolution on homosexuality probably impacted the evolution of cultural values–there is a real and substantive shift, surprisingly large for a one-year timeframe%mdash;though this was hardly a normal year on this issue."

LifeWay's previous research showed that 44 percent of those surveyed said they believe homosexual behavior is sinful. And while the results from the organization's November 2012 survey of nearly 1,200 people show the overall percentage of those who approve of homosexuality has more or less remained the same, the percentage of Americans who are unsure ...

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