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American Muslims Are Now More Accepting of Gay Rights Than Evangelical Christians

Even with the recent attempts to slash LGBT protections, there is an undeniable trend that’s emerged over the past decade: Americans are rapidly becoming more accepting of gay individuals.

Pew recently published its findings from its latest poll which looked at this issue. While there is still much that needs to be accomplished when it comes to gay acceptance, those who favor same-sex marriage (61 percent) is more than double the number of those who oppose it (30 percent). Perhaps even more important, a majority within every racial and ethnic group in the United States say they now support legal same-sex marriage.

Unfortunately, there is still a large gap between political parties. Whereas 73 percent of Democrats, overall, support same-sex marriage, the majority of Republicans (51 percent) do not.

Perhaps most interesting is how views on this subject have changed among religious groups. In general, religious Americans have been increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage: Nearly all Unitarians, 80 percent of Buddhists and more than three in four Jewish Americans are in favor. However, there are still significant gaps to be found between groups.

Evangelical Christians and Mormons are among the only remaining religious groups whose majority opposes same-sex marriage, with six in ten Evangelicals and a little more than half of Mormons saying they are against such unions.

An interesting finding is that, today, a slim majority (51 percent) of Muslims in the United States support same-sex marriage while only one in three oppose it; the rest say they have no feelings either way. And for a group that is often seen by non-Muslim Americans as being culturally conservative and, when it comes to the LGBT community, especially intolerant, this is a milestone worth notice.

For more than a decade, Muslims — especially those who are immigrants — have been portrayed as resistant to embracing and integrating into American society and culture. This attitude has found resurgence in recent years, a reactionary response to an ever growing number of individuals from the Middle East seeking refuge in Europe and North America.

Instead, in sharp contrast to the groups which espouse anti-Muslim rhetoric, like Evangelical Christians, Muslims are, like most Americans, coming to embrace gay rights. That is, to say, Muslims can be said to be more “American” than their conservative Christian counterparts when it comes to gay rights.

Originally published at Care2.com on Dec. 24, 2018.

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