Survey: Religious People Do Not Hate Gays

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Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions.  (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

A new survey debunks the perception that churchgoers love God and reject gays. In fact more than half of the Jewish, Catholic (White and Hispanic) and Protestants surveyed supported LGBT rights.

The Public Religion Research Institute(PRRI) conducted the survey and just released their findings in an article titled, “A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues.” It posits that religious bias against LGBT rights has been overstated.



Ironically, while those surveyed professed their openness to LGBT rights, most believed their church along with their fellow congregants, were opposed.

PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones said “religion vs. gays” polarizing is having a negative effect onyounger generations. “Nearly one-third of Millennials who left their childhood religion say unfavorable church teachings about or treatment of gay and lesbian people played a significant role in their decision to head for the exit.”

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life based in Washington D.C.

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