The Surprising Religious Breakdown Of Same-Sex Marriage Support
A new poll released this week found that the majority of most major
religious groups now fully embrace marriage equality, and that even
groups who oppose the right to marry are abandoning anti-LGBT
views at a surprising rate.
On Wednesday, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
unveiled new data from their American Values Atlas, a survey
conducted last year that interviewed 40,000 people across the
country. In expectation of next week’s U.S. Supreme Court case
on same-sex marriage, PRRI published a list of religious perspectives
on marriage equality, reporting that the majority of Catholics
(60 percent), white mainline Protestants (62 percent), and Jewish
Americans (77 percent) either “favor” or “strongly favor” legal
recognition of marriages for LGBT couples.
“A decade ago, the most supportive religious groups were white
mainline Protestants and Catholics, with 36 percent and 35 percent
support, respectively,” Robert Jones, CEO of PRRI, wrote in a blog post.
“Today, major religious groups reside on both sides of this issue and
within many key groups — such as Catholics — support among rank and
file members is now at odds with official church opposition.”