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US support for same-sex marriage soars; most Catholics approve

June 28, 2017

Public approval for same-sex marriage has skyrocketed in the US, with nearly two-thirds of respondents favoring legal recognition of homosexual unions in a new survey.

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The Pew Research study found that 62% of Americans favored same-sex marriage, with only 32% opposed. The result represents a stunning change from 2010, when only a minority (42%) supported same-sex marriage—and even from last year, when the figure stood at 55%.

Self-identified Catholics were even more likely than the overall sample to favor same-sex unions. Roughly two-thirds of Catholics (67%) and mainline Protestants (68%) supported legal recognition of same-sex unions. Among religious groups, only Evangelical Protestants continued to oppose homosexual marriage.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 01, 2017 11:28 AM ET USA

    "Self-identified Catholics were even more likely than the overall sample to favor same-sex unions." Obvious fruits of: "Who am I to judge?" Likewise of the confusion invoked by Amoris laetitia. A church divided against itself is a church that will eventually implode. As our pastor said a couple of years ago, Christ never promised that the U.S. Church or any other particular Church would not fall to the gates of hell. Only the Catholic Church (and Orthodox Christians) will stand the test of time.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 29, 2017 7:52 AM ET USA

    Since Catholics don't hear anything about same sex marriage at Mass (or traditional marriage either) we should not be surprised.

  • Posted by: FredC - Jun. 29, 2017 7:48 AM ET USA

    I wish Pew would distinguish between practicing and non-practicing Catholics and give us some assurance that its sampling procedure captures a representative cross section of each. We, like many others, do not pick up the telephone to answer surveys, thereby causing pollsters great difficulty in getting representative sampling.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 28, 2017 9:24 PM ET USA

    The number of bishops and priests who have the courage to actively teach genuine Catholic doctrine about sex and marriage has been very, very small for two or three generations. That doctrine isn't preached from the pulpit; it isn't taught in "Catholic" schools; it isn't defended in Diocesan newspapers. Pope Francis will only be remembered for "who am I to judge?" The winter that's coming looks to be very long, indeed.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 28, 2017 8:55 PM ET USA

    The Pope's ambiguous statements on the sacraments of marriage and the Eucharist and on adultery left the gates wide open for the undecided to go with the culture of death.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 28, 2017 6:06 PM ET USA

    Hmmm, guess it's time to abandon the Lutherans and move to the Evangelical Protestants! I just wish articles, at least certain ones for there will be those who will insist on using the word, would stop adding the word marriage. Same-sex "union" or whatever but it is NOT a marriage and should not be elevated to such.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Jun. 28, 2017 5:51 PM ET USA

    This is what happens when people go by feelings rather than reason. But "Isn't everybody entitled to love [sexual implied] & shouldn't we be treating people equally?", the clarions of inclusivity will ask. Yes & yes, as long as specifics are developed consistent with human nature. It is biologically incontrovertible from structure & function that active human sexuality is male-female. Sorry, tolerance totalitarians, but active human sexuality is inherently & unchangeably unequal. Male-female.

  • Posted by: ALC - Jun. 28, 2017 5:48 PM ET USA

    Maybe our bishops should stop worrying about global warming and immigration and start teaching the truths of our Catholic Faith. Too many Catholics think pretty much anything society approves of is OK for them too. Time for some serious teaching.