Strong Evangelical Opposition To Gay Marriage Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- While Americans are about evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, a new survey finds that less than a fourth of white evangelical Protestants favor gay marriage.

That's according to the latest campaign poll by Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life and its Center for the People and the Press.

The poll, conducted from June 28 to July 9, found that 22% of white evangelical Protestants favor gay marriage while 73% opposite. Among white mainline protestants, there was 50% support and 40% opposition.

Nearly six in ten non-white Catholics favor gay marriage. Among Hispanic Catholics, the percentage of approval was 57%. About four-in-ten black Protestants favor allowing gays to marry legally. People with no religious affiliation favored gay marriage by 72% to 20%.

The findings also show a widening partisan divide over gay marriage, with 65 percent of Democrats now supporting it compared to 24 percent of Republicans.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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