Support for same sex marriage now exceeds opposition to marital rights in the general population, but how does that look across religious groups? Who are the cultural laggards and who are the vanguard of social change? No surprises here. Half of Liberal Protestants support marital rights, as do 60% of Episcopalians. Moderates are less supportive at 38%, while Lutherans a bit more supportive at 43%. 35% of Baptists support marital rights, but only 19% of sectarians favor civil rights for same sex couples. Importantly, over47% of Catholics support marital rights for same sex couples. And, of course, all the non-Christians are for civil rights–you can’t be a civil rights hater if you’re a Unitarian, and an overwhelming majority of Jews, Non-identifiers, and other non-Christians (Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems and others) support civil rights.
So, what about the haters? Who opposes civil rights for same sex couples? Notably, this is non-trivial, since many people can’t really decide what they think about this “controversial” issue. Well, Sectarian Christians will not be outdone, with 70% opposing marital rights. Baptists are the next biggest haters, with 53% in opposition and Moderate Protestants are not far behind. Mormons only generate 50% opposition—the numbers are small so we can’t be too sure, but this is a very low rate of opposition (gee, maybe they are starting to dream of Big Love?). The big news is that no other religious group registers over 50% opposition to same sex marriage. Under 40% of Liberal Protestants are opposed, and only 28% of Episcopalians–and less than 35% of American Catholics support the hateful policies of the pedophile priests. That’s right. Catholics are less opposed to same sex marriage than are “liberal” protestants, and support for same sex marriage among Catholics is nearly 50%—and 34% higher than opposition. And, of course, opposition is under 20% among the 25% of Americans who identify in one of the non-Christian groups or who shun religious identification. Civil Rights haters are a dwindling minority, and are confined to strange sectarian groups like the Baptists, Assembly of God, Pentecostals, Church of Christ, and their ilk. Real Americans support civil rights.