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Survey Finds U.S. Christians Changing Their Views On Homosexuality

Much of the tolerance comes from the younger generation of Christians being more accepting.

A Pew Research Center survey has found that a majority of Christians in the United States are becoming more accepting of homosexuality.

The survey found that 54% of those polled think society needs to be more tolerant of the LGBT community.

The results have increased 10% from a similar study conducted in 2007, and the rise in acceptance seems to be thanks to a younger generation.

“Roughly half (51%) of evangelical Protestants in the Millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1996) say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with a third of evangelical Baby Boomers and a fifth of evangelicals in the Silent generation,” the report says.

That being said, many older Christians still deserve some credit for opening their minds and becoming more tolerant.

“A larger segment of older adults in some Christian traditions have become accepting of homosexuality in recent years, helping to drive the broader trend,” the report continued. “For instance, 32% of evangelical Protestant Baby Boomers now say homosexuality should be accepted, up from 25% in 2007.”

But perhaps the biggest surprise was the positive findings from religious denominations that specifically preach against homosexuality. For Mainline Protestants, the survey found 56-66% being supportive, while Orthodox Christians were around 48-62%.

Mormons and evangelical Protestants were at the bottom of the tolerance list, with only 36% of both thinking homosexuality should be accepted.

But at the very bottom of the barrel were Jehovah’s Witnesses, with only 16% thinking that same-sex attractions should be tolerated.

h/t: Gay Star News

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