Support for same-sex marriage is not only increasing across the nation — with a solid majority for the past few years believing the institution of marriage should be extended to same-sex couples — but now the majority in some major religious faiths also support marriage equality.
The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life released a study finding majority support for same-sex marriage by people of the Catholic faith, White mainline Protestants, and those who are “religiously unaffiliated.”
Only White evangelical Protestants and Black Protestants still oppose marriage for same-sex couples.
“White Evangelicals have a 10% support increase from 13% in 2001, to 23% currently,” GLAAD notes:
Catholics and White Mainline Protestants stand with half of their population supporting marriage equality at this time. White Evangelicals and Black Protestants are the least in favor standing at 20-30% With the spike in states adopting marriage equality, multiple religious groups now perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and blessings including Ecumenical Catholic Church, Episcopal Church,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,Reconstructionist Judaism,Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Association,United Church of Christ, and Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Many of the congregations within these denominations performed ceremonies prior to many of the states granting marriage equality as well.
“More and more religious people are getting to know and form deep and trusting relationships with LGBT people, which is causing a shift in attitudes about LGBT people.” said Ross Murray, Director of News and Faith Initiatives at GLAAD, “Even the most stereotypically ‘anti-gay’ religions have seen an increase in acceptance for LGBT people. We’ve also witnessed LGBT people commit themselves to their faith communities. They are proving themselves to be as dedicated and faithful as their straight counterparts.”
Image via Pew
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