Younger Practicing Christians and Same-Sex Marriage

It is often stated that younger practicing Christians are more in favour of same-sex marriage than older practicing Christians. While this is true, recent research carried out by Barna Research shows that, on this issue, younger practicing Christians are more closely aligned with older practicing Christians than they are with members of their own age group. In fact the gap between them and people of their own age on this issue is wider than the gap between older practicing Christians and those of this older age group. The following from Barna Research examines attitudes to the recent US Supreme Court ruling  legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

"Age has been—and continues to be—a defining fault line on this issue. Younger practicing Christians, however, have more in common with their older counterparts than they do with the general population. One-third of practicing Christians under 40 favor the ruling (35%), compared to six in 10 among all adults in their age cohort (61%)—a gap of 26 percentage points. By comparison, there is only a nine-point gap between younger practicing Christians and those 40 and older (26%). Many Christians have felt divisions in their own tribe over this issue, and nowhere are those divisions more clear than between practicing Christians under 40 and non-practicing Christians in the same age group. On nearly every question, deep divides emerge between these two groups of younger Christians. While only one-third of practicing Christians under age 40 (35%) are in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision, three-quarters of non-practicing Christians of the same age support the decision (73%). The only real agreement comes in the shared belief that Christians can support legal marriage for same-sex couples while also affirming the church’s traditional definition of marriage being between one man and one woman (55% of practicing Christians under 40 vs. 58% of non-practicing Christians under 40)."

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