Poll: Most Religious Americans Now Support Same-Sex Marriage

A new poll shows that most religious Americans support same-sex marriage and are against policies that allow businesses to deny services based on their religious beliefs.

The Christian Post reports that a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that t58 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage, including those among the following religious faiths:

  • 73 percent of Jews.
  • 63 percent of white mainline Protestants.
  • 59 percent of Orthodox Christians.
  • 63 percent of white Catholics.
  • 62 percent of Hispanic Catholics.
  • 85 percent of Buddhists.
  • 94 percent of Unitarians.
  • 67 percent of Hindus.
  • A plurality of Muslims supported same-sex marriage, 44 percent to 41 percent, and there was also an even split among black Protestants at 45 percent. 

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    Only 37 percent of Mormons, 31 percent of white evangelical Protestants, 25 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses and 41 percent of Hispanic Protestants support same-sex marriage.

    The numbers were even worse in terms of support for laws allowing businesses to deny services for religious reasons. Of the aforementioned faiths, only a majority white protestants favored such laws, 50 percent to 42 percent. Here were the percentages of the rest of the aforementioned faiths who favored these laws:

    • 42 percent of Mormons.
    • 34 percent of Hispanic Catholics.
    • 31 percent of White Catholics.
    • 30 percent of white mainline Protestants.
    • 29 percent of Orthodox Christians.
    • 28 percent of Hispanic Catholics.
    • 26 percent of Muslims.
    • 25 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    • 25 percent of black Protestants.
    • 22 percent of Jews.
    • 20 percent of Hindus.
    • 19 percent of Buddhists.
    • 8 percent of Unitarians.

    Overall, only 30 percent of Americans support these laws.

    Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy think-tank, told the Christian Post that most religious Americans “have acceded to the largely secular notion that societal and legal affirmation of a sexual and domestic arrangement is an intrinsic human right.”

    “They are not very informed, even by their religious institutions, about why nearly all of humanity has privileged male-female marriage to the exclusion of other sexual arrangements,” Tooley said. “They might answer differently if they better understood that male-female marriage best protects children, protects families, protects women and men, and ideally places prudent boundaries on sexuality.”

    In a society that is becoming increasingly secular, it is disconcerting that even religious Americans are caring less about religious freedom.