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Survey: The more Americans support gay ‘marriage,’ the less they support marriage in general

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The National Survey of Family Growth concludes that while more and more Americans support homosexual "marriage," they simultaneously support marriage less and less.

The U.S. Health and Human Services survey, using data from 2011 to 2013, revealed increasing apathy toward marriage in general and a disconnect from the positive role marriage should play in families and individuals.

Sixty percent of women ages 15-44 say sodomy is "all right" (up from 42 percent in 2002). Seventy-five percent of women say gay couples should be able to adopt vulnerable children (up from 55 percent). Among men, approval of homosexual adoption is up from 47 percent in 2002 to 68 percent.

Seventy-eight percent of women say it's perfectly fine to bear children out of wedlock (up from 70 percent). And nearly three quarters of both men and women are okay with unmarried, cohabiting couples raising a child without even planning a wedding.

Marriage has become so disconnected from sex and children that a majority of young adults defend fornication on moral grounds, saying cohabitation "helps prevent divorce" later on.

Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg says the results are not surprising, because the politically correct approval of homosexuality goes hand in hand with decaying morals.

"Greater acceptance of the homosexual movement tends to reinforce the breakdown of traditional norms with regard to sexual behavior among heterosexuals as well," the Washington Times quotes the pro-family leader as saying. "I think the two things are mutually self-reinforcing."

"I think it is very unfortunate," Sprigg said. "The idea that cohabitation will somehow prevent divorce has been completely debunked by the social science. We have a lot of research on that, and it's quite clear that people who cohabit before marriage and more likely to get divorced, not less."

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Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the American Family Association (AFA), told LifeSiteNews, "So the American public has rejected what God has clearly communicated about mankind in nature – that we are male and female? We have ignored what nature says about marriage? Then we should not be surprised when our ignorance only increases."

"As a people, we are embracing same-sex marriage, which results in despising the gift of male-female marriage itself," Vitagliano explained. "We can expect the darkness to only increase."

The pro-family leader then noted what the Bible teaches about how, when men turn away from what is natural, they turn away from the Creator. "Sometimes Christians read Romans 1:18-32 as if the passage is only about homosexuality, when it is about so much more than that. It is about seeing God in nature and rejecting Him," Vitagliano said. "Then a downward death spiral commences."

Romans 1:18-32, written by the Apostle Paul, talks about "men who by their wickedness suppress the truth." It explains that the existence of God "is plain to them," because God has shown "His eternal power and deity" through creation, and thus, God "has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made." Men who refuse to acknowledge and honor God "or give thanks to Him" become "futile in their thinking and their senseless minds ... darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they become fools[.]"

The AFA's Ed Vitagliano offers hope out of mankind's malaise. "The good news is that the rest of Romans points the way out of the darkness," he told LifeSiteNews.  "Perhaps God will grant the repentance necessary – both inside and outside of the church – so that revival might come."

"Then the spiral down into deeper darkness will halt, and light can flood the land once again."

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