Survey: Evangelicals Increasingly Countercultural on Same-Sex Issues

Nearly one-third of Catholics approve of same-sex marriage, but only 2 percent of evangelicals say the same.
Survey: Evangelicals Increasingly Countercultural on Same-Sex Issues
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Opponent of the same sex marriage vote in the Minnesota Senate

As Americans who believe in a "one man, one woman" definition of marriage become a minority for the first time ever, evangelical Christians actually have become more opposed to same-sex marriage, a recent Barna Group survey found.

Barna's June poll results revealed that as Americans have become more aware of the LGBTQ community's agenda, a majority of Americans have likewise become more accepting of legal recognition of same-sex unions and granting these unions equal rights.

Catholics, other religious groups, and religious nones have shown large increases in support for legal recognition of gay rights, but churchgoing Protestants—and evangelicals in particular—have maintained firm opposition to the legal measures on social and moral grounds.

For instance, over a third of "Practicing Catholics" think same-sex relationships are morally sound, a marked increase since 2003. Those who identified as "Practicing Protestants," on the other ...

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