Poll: Most Christians In America Accept Homosexuality

| by Michael Allen
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A poll released on Nov. 3 found that most Christians in America are accepting of homosexuality.

The Pew Research Center polled more than 35,000 U.S. adults in its 2014 Religious Landscape Study, part of which was released in May 2015.

The poll found that 70 percent of Catholics, 66 percent of Mainline Protestants, 62 percent of Orthodox Christians, and 54 percent of all Christians believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society.

Sixty-three percent of Americans said they are “absolutely certain” of God's existence, in contrast to 71 percent who were in the affirmative in the Landscape Study in 2007 by the Pew Research Center.

Religiously-unaffiliated Americans, also referred to as “nones," were up to 23 percent compared to 16 percent in 2007.

Seventy-seven percent of all respondents described themselves as religiously affiliated, and two-thirds of those people claim to pray daily, while about six in 10 say they go to religious services a minimum of once or twice a month.

While more Christians may be accepting of homosexuality, the topic of LGBT rights is still a contentious one.

In Houston, the pro-LGBT HERO ordinance went down in defeat on Nov. 3, leading to some LGBT advocates to call for moving the Super Bowl out of the city in 2017. The HERO ordinance would have established nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community.

However, the NFL released a statement to KPRC on Nov. 4 that said: "This will not affect our plans for Super Bowl LI in 2017. We will work closely with the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee to make sure all fans feel welcomed at our events. Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”

Sources: Pew Research Center, KPRC / Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr, Per Petersson/Flickr