A new faith base study is out and Mormons take the cake when it comes to their polar opposite views on same-sex marriage verse LGBT nondiscrimination protection.
The Deseret News has reported on the findings of a Public Religion Research Institue report in their faith section on their online website. The Deseret News article dives right into the most peculiar yet interesting finding of the study.
Only 40 percent of Mormons favor allowing same-sex couples to marry, yet nearly 7-in-10 (69 percent) support laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment,” researchers noted. “Among no other major religious group is the gap on these two issues larger.
The low support for marriage equality verse the clear respect they have for LGBT nondiscrimination protection is no coincidence. In fact, Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University in Arkansas, commented on the anomaly.
Responses from the Mormon community illustrate how attitudes on homosexuality have evolved in recent years. Even as church leaders assert that marriage is reserved for unions between one man and one woman, they urge acceptance of members of the LGBT community.
LDS Church leaders “are holding the line on marriage, but they’ve proven willing to compromise” when it comes to other LGBT rights, he said.
I guess you can call it a halfway mark. Maybe eventually they’ll make their way to full acceptance of the LGBT community at some point. As for right now, there are even more conflicting Mormon findings to report on.
Along with white evangelical Protestants, Mormons also stood out in the survey for their support for religiously based service refusals.
Fifty-three percent of Mormons and white evangelicals favor allowing small-business owners in their state to refuse service to gay or lesbian people on religious grounds. No more than 34 percent of any other faith group included in the analysis shares this opinion, according to the new report.
Yep, that’s right. Mormons’ belief of LGBT nondiscrimination does not extend to the confines of religious institutions including places of business — their advocacy for nondiscrimination is conditional. Allow that to sink in for a moment. Just when you thought it was all making sense.
To read more of the Deseret News’ article on the findings of the Public Religion Research Institue click here.
Public Religion Research Institute’s analysis is based on approximately 40,000 interviews that took place during 2017 in all 50 states. The margin of error for the full sample is 1.2 percentage points.