A clear majority of Americans now believe that same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an inevitability with almost as many believing the issue to be one of civil rights.
Christian polling company LifeWay found that 64 percent of Americans thought that same-sex marriage would become legal throughout the nation whether they agreed with it or not, while 58 percent agreed that it was a civil rights issue.
However the company also found that 63 percent agreed that pastors should be allowed to refuse to officiate same-sex weddings and that 58 percent agreed that photographers should be allowed to refuse to work at same-sex weddings.
40 percent agreed that rental halls should be allowed to refuse to rent out their facilities for same-sex weddings.
Only 27 percent of those surveyed agreed that landlords should be allowed to refuse to rent housing to same-sex couples and only 14 percent agreed that employers should be allowed to refuse employment to someone based on their sexual preference.
LifeWay found that the more educated a person was the more likely they were to agree that same-sex marriage was a civil rights issue akin to gender, age and race.
Young people were also more likely to agree that same-sex marriage was a civil rights issue.
‘While a majority of Americans categorize homosexuality as a civil rights issue like age, race and gender, and almost two-thirds think legalization of same-sex marriage in the US is inevitable, the research does show lines and divisions on these issues clearly exist in our country,’ LifeWay Research president Ed Stetzer said.
‘Clearly, Americans believe the prerogative exists for individuals such as clergy or photographers to deny services for same-sex marriage.’
‘However, the level of agreement changes with scenarios that could be interpreted as more basic rights such as housing and employment.’
LifeWay Research is a subsidiary of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and its motto is ‘As God works through us, we will help individuals and churches by providing biblical solutions for life.’