A new survey of American religious congregations conducted by researchers from Duke University and the University of Chicago finds that, in recent years, more churches have become welcoming to openly gay and lesbian couples. These findings parallel broader trends showing greater acceptance among the general public of both homosexuality and same-sex marriage during roughly the same period. These increases come as Americans in recent years have become much more accepting of gays and lesbians. This sense of greater acceptance in society can also be seen in the views of gays and lesbians themselves. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.
National Congregations Study finds more church acceptance of gays and lesbians
New study finds a greater church acceptance of gays and lesbians | Pew Research Center
Faeeza Ballim 19 Apr Being gay does not fit easily within the broader theology of the Catholic Church but officially, gay congregants and priests are not to be turned away. You can't practice in the Catholic Church if you aren't married and are sexually active. Not only is the Braamfontein church on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand gay-friendly, it advertises the fact on its website under the headline "ALL are welcome here".
Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: United Church of Christ
Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while close to one in three now let gay and lesbian members hold voluntary leadership posts, according to a new study of more than a thousand American congregations. The statistics, which represent a sharp uptick in acceptance of gay and lesbians in religious communities, are part of Duke University's latest National Congregations Study , which was previewed this week and will be released in full early next year. In a similar pattern, the number of congregations that allow gay and lesbian members in long-term relationships to hold voluntary leadership positions has also increased from the 19 percentage that held the such a position in Chaves' study. In the latest study, about 17 percent of congregations said they had openly gay and lesbian members. Open gay and lesbian members were more prevalent in larger congregations.
Carl Collison 07 Dec Rob White, Matt Kay. He has also been pushing for the church to acknowledge LGBTI relationships and remove its celibacy clause, which prohibits openly gay ministers from entering into same-sex relationships.