While conservative Christian activist scholars have touted the myth that younger sectarians are less homophobic and just like everyone else, actual analyses of data show that the gap between sectarians and other Americans has actually GROWN across cohorts (even though younger sectarians are less homophobic than older Sectarians). Mark Silk has a nice review of our soon to be published Social Science Research paper, and he ponders whether maybe our cohorts are too old to identify this supposed liberalization among young sectarians. But, no matter how you cut the cohorts, the gap between sectarians and other Americans has actually grown. The distance between sectarians and others among those born after 1978 is 31% for opposition to same sex marriage, while that gap was under 26% for those born before 1946. The gap in support for same sex marriage is over 27% in the post 1978 cohorts, while for those born before the end of WWII it is just over 17%. These simple results parallel the interaction effects found in Table 3 of our Social Science Research paper using a broader post-1965 younger cohort. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, the sectarians have been left behind.
Young Homophobic Sectarians Left Behind