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US Christians shifting views on homosexuality

US Christians shifting views on homosexuality

A survey of US Christians shows an overall increase of believers think homosexuality should be tolerated.

According to the Pew Research Center survey, a majority of Christians in the US, 54%, believe society should accept gay sexuality. This is an increase of 10% since a similar study on 2007. This increase is due to younger church members.

‘…Roughly half (51%) of evangelical Protestants in the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996) say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with a third of evangelical Baby Boomers and a fifth of evangelicals in the Silent generation,’ the report states.

However, there are significant changes in the views of older Christians.

‘A larger segment of older adults in some Christian traditions have become accepting of homosexuality in recent years, helping to drive the broader trend. For instance, 32% of evangelical Protestant Baby Boomers now say homosexuality should be accepted, up from 25% in 2007,’ according to the report.

Even in denominations that explicitly preach against same-sex sexuality,  church members hold a different opinion. Seven-in-ten of Catholics think society should approve, a 12% growth since 2007; For mainline Protestants it’s 56% to 66%; Orthodox Christians 48% to 62%; members of historically black Protestant tradition 39% to 51%.

Mormons and evangelical Protestants continue to be opposed; only 36% of both think it should be accepted.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are the most opposed of any religious tradition in the US; just 16% agree homosexuality should be tolerated.