Statistically, Same-Sex Marriage Must Be a Christian Value
Many of the laws that seek to limit the rights of same-sex couples have their basis and support in the idea that such relationships are against Christian values. The truth is, there is no way that is statistically possible.
Here in Texas our ban on same-sex marriages was recently ruled unconstitutional, just the latest in a remarkable series of rulings by federal judges across the country that are sweeping the nation. In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a law that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to LGBT people as a matter of religious freedom.
Religious freedom is an interesting way that opponents of same-sex marriage have used to describe the reasons for their opposition, and proponents of more equality of LGBT people tend to accept the idea that the more religiously-minded in America are automatically going to stand against them in this fight. The story of the struggle for gay rights is framed as close-minded zealots versus godless, perverted sinners.
However, there is no way in which the math can add up to that.
The most important thing to remember is that the public opinion on the subject of same sex marriage has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law only 25 percent of Americans actively supported marriage between anyone but a single man and a single woman.
However, just ten years later a Pew Research Center study found that opinion had already begun a radical shift. Not only had support risen to 39 percent, but opposition had dropped to 51 percent with 10 percent still being unsure. Pew has continued to track this issue up until the present day, and the trend is undeniable. In 2010, support reached 43 percent, and in 2012 it hit 47 percent.
The most current data from the best poll sources show that support of same-sex marriage now constitutes a majority of Americans. In July of last year Gallup recorded support at 54 percent, as did a Public Religion Research Institute poll conducted in December. Though it's possible to argue source bias and the Bradley Factor (The idea that some may not wish to express their opposition to pollsters for fear of being considered prejudiced), the overall numbers across all historical measurements show a steady and consistent increase in acceptance of same-sex marriage.
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