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Young White Evangelicals Moving Towards Favoring Gay Marriage

September 9, 2011

No, that is not a typo in my headline.

Go anywhere and talk with young people. 

Ask them about gay marriage.

They might even yawn when responding as most young people have so moved beyond the places where their parents and grand-parents were on the issue.  Most young people have gay friends, many attend proms that have gay couples, and go to college where the atmosphere is less strangled and more accepting.

So should anyone be surprised that young white evangelicals are also moving towards accepting gay marriageI am betting that there are some gay white evangelicals who even want to get married!

The poll, released in late August by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly half (44 percent) of young evangelicals between the ages of 18 to 29 favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

By contrast, the white evangelical community as a whole (even counting those relatively liberal young adults) is solidly opposed to same-sex marriage, by slightly more than 80 percent.

More broadly, the poll found “at least a 20-point generation gap between millennials (age 18-29) and seniors (65 and over) on every public policy measure in the survey concerning rights for gay and lesbian people.”

The poll also found that a slight majority of all Catholics (52 percent) favor same-sex marriage, despite the energetic teaching of their church to the contrary.

(The Pope will need to stay up late to work on some new droning speech to give in six languages on the dangers of being gay.)

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