Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Report: Catholics Support Gays More Than Others; Top Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Adoption Support

The Religious Press Release website reports that Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian rights than the general public and other Christians, based on the findings of a new report just released today (March 22, 2011).

The new report -- which is the most comprehensive portrait of Catholic attitudes on gay and lesbian issues assembled to date -- also finds that 70 percent of Catholics say that messages from America's places of worship contribute to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth.

"It may come as a surprise to many that rank and file Catholics are more supportive of rights for gays and lesbians than other Christians and the public," said Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.

He added, "But the best data available paints this consistent portrait across a range of issues, including same-sex marriage, workplace non-discrimination, open military service, and adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples."

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