Same-sex relations, marriage receive record approval

May 31, 2011


Nearly two-thirds of Americans say gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup.

Researchers found that 64 percent of American adults supported legal gay relations, which Gallup has included in surveys since 1977.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision struck down state anti-sodomy laws that had been used to criminalize homosexual activity.

Despite the high rate of support for gay relations, Americans are less likely ― 56 percent ― to consider them “morally acceptable,” even as that figure is the highest measured since Gallup first asked that question in 2001.

Americans who believe same-sex orientation is inherent are much more likely to think legal gay relations are morally acceptable, with 81 percent approval, compared to just 33 percent who believe a person’s sexual orientation is due to environmental factors.

The same poll, taken May 5-8, found that a majority of Americans (53 percent) supported gay marriage for the first time since Gallup started tracking the issue in 1996.

Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support legal same-sex marriage, and it is also favored more by those who attend church less frequently and people who are unmarried.

The findings, based on telephone interviews of 1,018 adults, have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

  1. And again, what is this sin propaganda doing on a church website? 10A is a death knell for our organization, along with the same gender benefits. At my church, I am told Christians are to stand apart from this world, you are rushing to embrace its sicknesses. Sad.

    by Rick R.

    June 5, 2011

  2. Isn't that wonderful? I wonder if Gallup had conducted the same poll in Sodom, what the results would be? Yes, let the world be our guide!

    by WSGAC

    June 1, 2011

  3. All this is based on phone interviews of 1,018 people. Since this has been posted on a "Christian" website. How many of them were "Christian", much less Presbyterian? We are told to be part of this world, but not of this world. I see that maybe that part of this article is to show that those who are un-churched believe and approve. But we are asked to bring them to Christ, not bring others beliefs to Christ. This is about as useful as your article of May 20th, "Study: 2 in 10 atheist scientists are `spiritual'" Why should I care that atheist are spiritual? Our 1st command is "To Love the Lord thy GOD with all your heart, soul, and mind."

    by Mary E.

    June 1, 2011

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