Friday, June 21, 2013

I don't know why but 40% of LGBT adults identify as Christians

Religious affiliation of LGBT Americans according to a Pew Research survey of 1,200 LGBT adults:

  • Less than 1 in 3 LGBT adults report having ever felt unwelcome in a place of worship (but only 6 percent within the past year).
  • Most LGBT adults with a religious affiliation are Christians (53% Protestant, 26% Catholic).
  • Of LGBT adults with religious affiliations, 1 in 3 believe there is a conflict between their religious beliefs and their sexual orientation (vs. only 18 percent of the unaffiliated).
  • A majority of lesbians (56%) consider religion either very important or somewhat important in their life. This compares with 40 percent of bisexual adults and 39 percent of gay men.
  • 51% of the public now favors allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, up from 32% in 2003, that share is still far below the 93% of LGBT adults who favor same-sex marriage.
  • Overall, a total of 60% of LGBT survey respondents are either married or say they would like to marry one day, compared with 76% of the general public.
By the way, ask me about religion and I am likely to say Jewish in spite of the fact that I am agnostic. Much depends upon how the question is asked.
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