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A new poll done by the Public Religion Research Institute found that most religiously affiliated Americans support marriage equality (i.e. civil marriage). The Advocate has an article on it here:

Some of the interesting findings (from the article) are:

Nearly three-quarters of religiously unaffiliated Americans (73 percent) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, as do majorities of Jewish Americans (83 percent), white mainline Protestants (62 percent), white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent), according to a poll whose results were released Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C. However, 59% of black Protestants and 69% of white evangelicals oppose same-sex marriage.
I have long believed that it was mostly a very loud and vocal minority of religious folks (far right fundamentalists mostly) who were against marriage equality. They scream so loudly about it and quote scripture (incorrectly and/or out of context) so often that many people believe that most folks with any religious beliefs feel/believe the same way. This poll certainly proves that to be the case. That is probably why the good folks at Truth Wins Out and John Shore started the "Not All That Way" project. You can find information on that project here:

I'm also not surprised by the high number of Jewish folks who support marriage equality. Most Jewish sects and congregations in the USA support marriage equality. We Christians have some catching up to do in that regard.

Meanwhile, millennials support marriage equality at a rate of 69% in this survey. Overall, Americans now support marriage equality by 53% (according to this survey).

Note: I looked for the actual figure for all the religiously affiliated Americans combined in the actual poll and could not find it. However, with the separate group numbers, it does look as if that is correct (to me). Nevertheless, I felt that I should report that I had failed to find that actual number.

Originally posted to librarisingnsf on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:45 PM PST.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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