March 19, 2009

Most Mainline Protestants Say Society Should Accept Homosexuality

Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, two mainline Protestant denominations, are considering whether to allow the ordination of non-celibate gays and lesbians as members of their clergy. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that majorities of both denominations say that homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society. Among mainline Protestants overall, 56% say homosexuality should be accepted, compared with only about one-in-four evangelical Protestants and four-in-ten members of historically black Protestant churches.

Mainline Protestants
Data from Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007, released in 2008.
Question wording: Now I’m going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me
whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even
if neither is exactly right. 1 – Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society,
OR 2 – Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society.