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Majority of Americans Consider Homosexuality Acceptable

For the first time since Gallup began measuring the “moral acceptability” of homosexuality, a majority of Americans support gay and lesbian relations.

Last month’s poll found 52 percent of adults consider homosexuality acceptable, while 43 percent find it morally wrong.

Christians and people from other religious traditions have grown more tolerant of gays and lesbians, according to Gallup. The percentage of Catholics calling gay relations “morally acceptable” has increased by more than a third in the past five years, up to 62 percent. More Americans also favor legalizing gay marriage.

Although America’s stance on homosexuality remains a contentious social issue, nearly split nationwide, gays and lesbians are moving towards equality in some of the country’s mainline Protestant denominations. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles recently ordained the church’s first openly gay female bishop. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided last year to allow non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy to serve. Despite some dissenters, the ELCA has continued to seek the full inclusion of homosexual church leaders and members.

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