Nearly half of mainline Protestant pastors now support same-sex marriage

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 24th, 2020 2:46 pm
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LifeWay Research

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2020 at 5:16 pm

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."


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