Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Same-sex marriage and young evangelicals

Responding to my wish to separate out the views on same-sex marriage of under-30 “sectarians”
(evangelicals), Sherkat has kindly run the numbers. What they show, as
he points out on his blog,
is that the gap between this cohort and its non-evangelical peers is
actually greater than between sectarians and non-sectarians in older age
cohorts. So much for the myth of young evangelical liberalism on this

Up to a point. But it’s still the case that the under-30s are somewhat
more liberal on the issue than their evangelical boomer parents–and way
more liberal than over-60 evangelicals. So even though they look at
this point like over-60 non-evangelicals, the evidence is of a
liberalizing generational trend within the evangelical community. What
the data show is most segments of American society moving quickly (the
younger they are) towards acceptance of SSM, with a few–under the
influence of conservative religion–moving more slowly in the same

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posted September 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

Glad to see that you posted some seemingly objective facts. Although the younger evangelicals have a lot of maturing to do, it is still encouraging to see that most of them have maintained a semblance of traditional Christian morality. With age will come even greater wisdom and Biblical standards.

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Dave C.

posted September 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I’m in my 30’s and still have plenty of maturing to look forward to. Thanks for the article.

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Grumpy Old Person

posted October 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

May I make a suggestion that might help move them along at a slightly quicker pace?
Please consider starting to refer to it as either gay marriage or same-gender marriage.
It’s the ‘sex’ part that I believe scares the bejeezus out of the evangelical/fundmentalist (whatever the correct term is these days) wing. It seems that sex is the only thing they associate with God’s gay and lesbian children while, when the world looks at (ahem) opposite sex marriage, they tend only to hear the word ‘marriage’. The world doesn’t – ever – dwell on the sex that str8 married couples enjoy (or don’t) but instead on their relationships.
It would help if the world were to begin lookoing at same-gender couples in the same manner – what is the quality of our relationships? Are they mutually supportive? Are they committed? Are they loving? Not: are they filled with orgies every night? Not: are they having anal intercourse? Oral intercourse?
If we can stop throwing the ‘sex’ part in people’s faces, I think it would lead to greater sympathy if not understanding and mutual respect.
Just a suggestion.
Thanx 4 hearing it out.

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Grumpy Old Person

posted December 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Well, that bit of logic sure seems to have stumped the fundies. Making them talk about other human beings instead of just sex machines stops ’em dead in their tracks, apparently.

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