Many Latino Catholics Back Gay Marriage, Survey Shows

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Nearly two out of three Latino Catholics think gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry, a new survey shows – even though nearly half think that sex between such couples is wrong.


A group of men belonging to the Queen of Angels Foundation carry a statue of the Virgin Mary out of La Placita Church in Los Angeles before parading it through the streets to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sept. 14, 2013. (credit: Los Angeles Times)

The findings from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed more than 1,500 Latino adults across the country, reveal the sometimes surprising ways that faith shapes opinions about same sex marriage and abortion among Latinos as they become more religiously diverse.

Among Latinos, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, the survey showed. More than half of Latino Catholics, for instance, said someone could disagree with church teachings on homosexuality and still be a good Catholic.

Mainline Protestant Latinos were equally likely to say a good Christian could disagree with such teachings, and nearly half supported allowing couples of the same sex to marry.

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