Pew Research: Evangelical Support for Gay Marriage Doubled?
June 27, 2017
The Christian Post reports that the survey, published on Monday, found that white evangelicals largely remain opposed to same-sex marriage, with 35 percent in favor, and a 59 percent majority opposed. That being said, white evangelicals’ support for gay marriage has more than doubled over the last decade, when it was only 14 percent.
“Views on same-sex marriage have shifted dramatically in recent years,” Pew said, noting that as recently as 2010, 48 percent of all Americans opposed the legalization of gay marriage, compared to 42 percent who were in favor.
The latest survey, conducted between June 8–18 with the sample size of 2,504 respondents, carrying a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points, notes that 62 percent of all respondents now back the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, compared to only 32 percent who disagreed.
Younger white evangelicals continued the trend of being more in favor of gay marriage than the older population. Pew noted that gay marriage support has risen across all religious groups in recent years, with black Protestants favoring gay marriage at 44 percent today, compared to only 24 percent in 2007.
“Wide majorities of Catholics (67 percent), white mainline Protestants (68 percent), and — in particular — the religiously unaffiliated (85 percent) support legal marriage for same-sex couples,” Pew said.
What is more, the Republican Party, whose members have traditionally opposed gay marriage, has also been experiencing major shifts. The June survey found that for the first time ever, Republicans are nearly split on the issue, with 48 percent opposing gay marriage, and 47 percent stating that they support it.
Michael Brown, host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program, said in an op-ed published in The Christian Post last week that no matter how many people who say they are Christians embrace homosexuality, it “doesn’t make it true.”
“Evangelicals” who say they support gay marriage will never be able to justify their choice biblically. However, those who truly believe the Bible to be the word of God and truth will hold strong to scriptures like:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; [a]neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality,” -1 Corinthians 6:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“For this reason God gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing.” -Romans 1:26-27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“understanding the fact that law is not enacted for the righteous person [the one in right standing with God], but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for sexually immoral persons, for homosexuals, for [a]kidnappers and slave traders, for liars, for perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,” -1 Timothy 1:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
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