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Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights

Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights

Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI) reports that there is at least a 20-point generation gap between Millennials (age 18 to 29) and seniors (age 65 and older) on every public policy measure in the survey concerning rights for gay and lesbian people.

in addition to the generation gap, also looks at a number of assumptions concerning the views of religious groups and the public perception of these groups.

Here are the links to the full report as well as the press release.


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Kurt Wiesner

Susan: Good and clear use of the data over at Friends of Jake. Thanks for pointing us there!


Brian Bukowski

“More than 6-in-10 Americans believe that negative messages from America’s places of worship contribute either a lot (23%) or a little (40%) to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth.” Quite the perception gap (at best) that US churches need to overcome.


It is worth drilling down beyond the executive summary into the data. Some surprising tidbits are discussed over at Friends of Jake, for example:

Around 10% of respondents strongly disapprove of a gay elected official, but over 25% strongly disapprove of a gay clergy person


…a substantial fraction of those who admit that gay people can have good moral values and be committed to religion, nevertheless feel that gay relationships cannot be and are not blessed by God.

These findings have broad implications for achieving civil marriage equality, among other things.

Susan Forsburg

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