Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, two mainline Protestant denominations, are considering whether to allow the ordination of non-celibate gays and lesbians as members of their clergy. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that majorities of both denominations say that homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society. Among mainline Protestants overall, 56% say homosexuality should be accepted, compared with only about one-in-four evangelical Protestants and four-in-ten members of historically black Protestant churches.
Data from Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007, released in 2008.
Question wording: Now I’m going to read you a few pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me
whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even
if neither is exactly right. 1 – Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society,
OR 2 – Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society.