The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released a report earlier this week examining the views of religious millennials on gay and lesbian rights. The report, titled “Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights,” finds that religious millennials are much more supportive than older generations of gay and lesbian equality.
Here are some important highlights from the PRRI report:
- There Is Strong Millenial Support for Gay And Lesbian Equality: Sixty-two percent of Millennials favor allowing same-sex to marry, while 69 percent support allowing them to adopt children. 71 percent favor civil unions and a whopping 79 percent support employment discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people.
- Millennials Think Religious Groups Are Being Too Judgemental Of Gay And Lesbian Issues: Sixty-nine percent of Millennials think that “religious groups are alienating young people by being too judgemental about gay and lesbian issues.” Among seniors, only 37 percent agree.
- Growing Acceptance Of Gay And Lesbian Americans Overall: The report also finds that Americans overall are showing support for LGBT rights. It finds that 64 percent of Americans agree that gay and lesbian couples should be accepted by society and that a majority of all religious groups agree except white evangelicals.
Focusing on four issues — civil unions, marriage equality, adoption rights, and job discrimination protections — the report illustrates the gap in views between religious millennials, older Americans, and seniors. Millennials views’ are far more progressive:
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) released a statement lauding the findings of this report: “An increasing number of young voices and religious voices joining the movement for LGBT equality will shift the public perception of LGBT people to a more positive position. An increasingly positive perception will, in turn, promote understanding, increase acceptance, and advance equality for all Americans.”