Report Finds Significant Support for the Freedom to Marry among Young Religious Americans

Faith in Public Life/Public Religion Research

The Young and Faithful, October 2008

A report by Faith in Public Life found significant support for the freedom to marry among young religious Americans. Young white evangelicals are 2.5 times as likely as older evangelicals to say that gay couples should be allowed to marry (25% to 9%). Among young white mainline Protestants and Catholics, close to half (48% and 44% respectively) support same-sex marriage.

On the issue of marriage for same-sex couples, the influence of their generational peers is clear. Nearly four-in-ten young evangelicals say they have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian—a rate approximately the same as all young adults and more than double the rate of older evangelicals. [Link]