Nearly half of mainline Protestant pastors support same-sex marriage, according to a new survey.
Nashville-based LifeWay Research conducted a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors from August 30 to September 24, 2019, asking them whether they agreed with the following statement: "I see nothing wrong with two people of the same gender getting married."
Approximately 47 percent of self-identified mainline Protestant pastors approve of same-sex marriage, an increase of 15 percentage points from 2010.
Additionally, 24 percent of all Protestant pastors believe there is nothing wrong with same-sex civil unions, a nine percentage-point increase over the last decade.
Of the Protestant pastors that self-identified as evangelical, only eight percent approve of same-sex marriage — the same percentage from 10 years ago.
Executive director of LifeWay Research Scott McConnell believes the "movement we see among [Protestant] pastors' views of same-sex marriage has less to do with their denominational tradition than their view of the Bible."