Uncategorized / August 1, 2014

The Total Package: Support for Same-Sex Marriage and Shifting Sexual Ethics

Sociologist Mark Regnerus released new data chronicling the correlation between support for same-sex marriage and shifting sexual ethics. Specifically, church-going evangelicals who support same-sex marriage are significantly more likely to support more liberal views on sexuality in other areas.

In other words, when it comes to sexual ethics, people tend to embrace the total package. Here’s the key chart showing Regnerus’s research:

A few observations emerge from this chart:

  1. Same-sex marriage support indicates a worldly sexual ethic: The sexual ethics of church-going Christians who support same-sex marriage more closely resemble the average population than those of their more conservative Christian peers.
  2. Same-sex marriage opposition indicates a consistently conservative sexual ethic: A biblical view of marriage closely connects with a biblical view of other sexual activity
  3. Gay and lesbian Christians have a more liberal sexual ethic than the world: By a wide margin, the sexual ethics of those who still claim to be Christians while identifying as gay are more liberal than even the general population
  4. Encouraging signs on conservative Christian sexual ethics: Church-going conservative Christians are significantly stronger on sexual ethics than the average population and demonstrate a remarkable consistency in their views
  5. But there are a few signs of concerns among conservative Christians: It’s concerning that over 10% endorse cohabitation. Isn’t it troubling that more conservative Christians support casual sex (5.1%) than viewing pornography (4.6%)? Is a divorce number of 52% alarming?

The data from Regnerus validates what the Bible teaches to be true: ethical views can’t be held in isolation. Why? Because only one foundation can shape our views on sexuality. Either our bedrock is the Bible and it informs our norms; or we embrace the culture’s foundation for sex and our ethics reflect those around us.

This piece of research is the first public display by Regnerus on a brand new study that is certain to make some waves. He presented on this research at our ERLC Leadership Summit in April. There will be much the church can learn from the data in the coming months.



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