Are Catholics more accepting of same-sex couples?

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It almost sounds unreal but a recent study found that Catholics are more supportive of the rights of same-sex couples than members of any other traditional Christian religions.

According to a recent study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan research group, found that the majority of Catholics in the U.S. are supportive of LGBTQ people.

In fact, the poll found that 57 percent of Catholic Latin@s are supportive of the right for same-sex couples to marry. Furthermore, the California Field Poll published in June also found that a majority of Latin@s in California support the right for same-sex couples to marry.

The poll also found that nearly 73% of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against discrimination in the workplace, and a staggering 63% favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military.

For many, these staggering conclusions likely shake the very foundation set by religious entities that spew negative portrayals of LGBTQ people.  Consider this, just several years ago; controversy erupted following the Vatican’s announcement that gay men should be banned from becoming priests as a response to numerous child sexual abuse accusations.

But what do the study results mean for Latin@ Catholics here in the U.S.?

Dr. Stephen Schnecks, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America (quoted in this Huffington Post article), believes that, “even among Latin@ Catholics, long supposed to be a group supportive of traditional social values, the numbers point to growing support for same-sex marriage.”

It’s no coincidence that in Mexico City, for instance, passed legislation granting same-sex couples the right to adopt and marry.

It appears that the Pope and the Vatican are not following the suit of its parishioners. While Latin@ Catholics move toward embracing and supporting equal rights for LGBTQ people, the church’s leadership, conversely, continues issuing decrees that contradict it’s followers commitment to justice, respect, and human dignity.

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Annel Estrada

Annel Estrada is a twenty-two year old Mexicana, originaria de San Antonio Guaracha, Michoacan, Mexico. Estrada is currently double majoring in Journalism and Chicano/Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys her work as a student assistant at the Women's Resource Center. Curling up with a good book, listening to 80s music, spending time with her loved ones and eating Fuji apples, are without a doubt just some of the things that make Annel a very happy person.

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  • Joseph Arroyo

    I would really like to see a poll that focused on Latin@s and if Catholic Latin@s really are more supportive that other Latin@s.

  • Juan Diego

    Very interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/aseaofsins toasty redhead

    Thank you for a great post.