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Majority Of Catholics Support Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Sex Not A Sin

by David Badash on March 22, 2011

in Gay Agenda,Legislation,Marriage,News,Religion

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A new poll released today finds a large majority of American Catholics — 71% — support civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. The report also finds that almost half of Catholics, 43%, support allowing gay couples to marry regardless of type of ceremony (civil or religious,) and 31% of American Catholics support allowing same-sex couples to have civil unions, and 74% believe that same-sex relationships should be accepted by society. Additionally, the report finds that a majority of American Catholics (56%) believe same-gender sexual relations is not a sin, as opposed to the teachings of their church.

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), which conducted this survey and calls it “the most comprehensive portrait of Catholic attitudes on gay and lesbian issues assembled to date,” last year found that sixty-five percent of Americans — a vast majority — blame churches for “higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth,” after anti-gay bullying teen suicides became national news for weeks.

The PRRI poll also states that “Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall,” and “Catholic support for rights for gays and lesbian people is strong and slightly higher than the general public.” It stresses that when “marriage for gay couples is defined as a civil marriage ‘like you get at city hall,’ Catholic support for allowing gay couples to marry increases.”

Read: “Majority Of U.S. – Including Catholics – Now Support Same-Sex Marriage

Evidently, it is not Americas Catholics who are concerned about the Obama administration’s decision to no longer defend DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, in court.

In a strong break with the radical extremists claiming to speak for them, the report finds that “nearly three-quarters (73%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against discrimination in the workplace,” and therefore, would most-likely support some form of the current Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that is expected to be re-introduced into Congress shortly.

Additionally, the report finds “63% of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military,” again in opposition to the radical religious extremists claiming to speak for American Catholics, and “6-in-10 (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children,” an issue anathema to the anti-gay movement, and “traditional marriage” supporters like the National Organization for Marriage and hate groups like the American Family Association.

Read: “NOM’s Numbers Problem With Marriage Equality Polls

Last week Alfonso Aguilar, head of the ultra-conservative Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, wrote in an op-ed on Fox News Latino, that Latinos “firmly believe that the dignity of the family should be defended at all cost, including, of course, the sanctity of marriage,” and claimed “President Obama’s reversal on marriage, therefore, is very upsetting to Latinos. It’s yet another disappointment from someone whom they thought they could trust.”

But the PRRI poll states that “Even among Latino Catholics, long supposed to be a group supportive of traditional social values, the numbers point to growing support for same-sex marriage.”

The report finds that the more America’s Catholics attend church, the less they favor same-sex marriage rights.

Overall, “The strong evidence of Catholic support for gay marriage highlights the growing acceptance in American culture of the normalcy of same-sex relationships,”according to Dr. Michelle Dillon of the University of New Hampshire, who adds, the PRRI report “further showcases ordinary Catholics’ dissent from official church teaching on sexual morality.”

(image: St. Patrick’s Cathedral)

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{ 9 comments }

CornetMustich March 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Makes sense. It's the right thing to do, morally and economically.

Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace, USA.

Kudos to CT for supporting SSM since 2008, and life goes on….

John March 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

God Bless all Christians who know the right thing to do is let people who love each other get married. Now tell the Pope and all his leaders to allow gay marriage becasue most Catholics agree with it.

Jimmy April 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Especially when the "fathers" are probably still molesting the poor "altar" boys. This should make all true Christians utterly "sick" inside, at the "abominations" that are so prevalent in the world today.

Lisa April 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

So all leaders should change their beliefs and laws simply because the majority agrees with it and that makes it right? It must be remembered that the majority may be led astray. I am sad to say that the majority often consists of those who are not aware of both sides of the issue. Why? Because the media only presents one side and taints the other. I am not implying that you or anyone else who shares your belief is unintelligent. I am merely pointing out that there are two sides to every issue and sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find the truth of one.
Thank you, and God bless.

Ryne P April 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Lisa the people have heard the other side in the media, often completely unchallenged and quite hostile, for decades. Generation after generation has been given a one sided completely distorted view of prejudice and fear. The queer community historically within the media has been at blame for disease, child abuse, communist hysteria, familial imperfection and even foreign attacks and natural disasters. Its only when the other side has had the capability to speak up, fight back and present its side that the public changes consciousness. I agree the majority isn't always right. We can see this in Prop 8 and when interracial marriage was under-attack in 1967 among many other instances. But there should be something said when society is exposed to more visibility of sexual difference and begins to reshape belief. Freedom and justice do have tendency to prevail.

Caroline April 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

People are just going to do what they want no matter what anyone says. That's the current understanding of the word freedom, isn't it? Do what you want. Do what feels good. No one has a right to tell you no. If they do, they are trying to take away your freedom.

Stuff Queer People Need To Know March 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

"The PRRI report 'further showcases ordinary Catholics’ dissent from official church teaching on sexual morality.'" Sounds like most Catholics I know.

SAGACIOUS_SAM July 24, 2011 at 1:22 am

Currently, 65% of American Catholics do not attend services weekly, as they are required to do. It is entirely possible that 65% of the people surveyed are Catholics in name only. Do we even know how many of the people surveyed are familiar with the Bible verses prohibiting homosexuality, and whether they had any plausible arguments against these passages?

Siddigfan October 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

No matter what Catholocism teaches, it has no right to force its beliefs upon the rest of the tax-paying American citizens who are of differing faiths or no faith. What a mess this country would be if religious groups were all allowed to oppress others with their own religious beliefs. If certain groups had their way, there would be no interracial marriage, blacks would still be drinking at separate drinking fountains, women would be unable to leave abusive marriages, women wouldn't be allowed to work outside the home or to cut their hair or to wear trousers. Men wouldn't be able to cut sidecurls on their heads and would be required to keep their heads covered. Thieves would have their hands cut off for stealing bread, women would be required to wear burkas in public, divorcees wouldn't be allowed to remarry. No one could eat pork or shellfish or perhaps be allowed to eat meat at all. Dogs would be considered unclean and not allowed to be kept as pets. No clergy would be allowed to marry, or perhaps, they would be required to have several wives. Homosexuals would be executed, along with adulteresses but (strangely) adulterers (like today's Johns) would get off scott-free. A man would be allowed to rape and beat his wife and beat his children and to marry his daughters off at 12 to whomever he wanted as all marriages would be arranged… It just goes on and on. Now we see why our Founding Fathers had the common sense to arrange for separation of church and state. I would hate to live in a country where someone else's religion became my oppressor. I prefer to live in a country where your rights stop where my nose begins (ie. murder, assault, robbery, rape), than in one where my rights are determined by the laws of your particular clergy.

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