Sunday, March 26, 2006

New Poll Shows People of Faith Support Sexual Rights -- Today's Good News!

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The arc of the universe bends to moral justice."

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found most Americans disapprove of the South Dakota abortion ban and demonstrate increasing support for gay and lesbian rights. Strong opposition to gay marriage has fallen to a new low of 33% compared to 58% before the 2004 elections, and 60% of the American public now favors gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. Almost half of Americans now favor adoptions by gay people, up significantly since 1999.

And we're happy to report that people of faith support these principles. According to the report, "White Catholics and non-evangelical Protestants are half as likely to strongly oppose gay marriage today as they were in 2004", and only 56% of white evangelicals strongly oppose marriage equality, down 9% in one year. A majority of White and Black Protestants and Catholics oppose South Dakota's draconian abortion ban becoming a national model, as do one third of White evangelicals.

Despite what press reports and the Religious Right would have us believe, people of faith support sexual justice. It makes me think of that old bumper sticker, "The Moral Majority is Neither."

1 comment:

Purl Needlemeyer said...

Maybe we need a new bumper sticker. Honk if you love the Immoral Minority.