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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – A new Gallup poll shows that Americans who attend church weekly are the “final holdouts of opposition” to same-sex “marriage.”

An annual poll by the left-wing pollster conducted between May 2 and May 22 reported that while 71 percent of Americans overall support “legal same-sex marriage,” a significantly smaller chunk of weekly church-goers support homosexual “marriage”: 40 percent of them endorse it, and 58 percent of them remain opposed.

Gallup’s first poll on the issue in 1996 found that only 27 percent of Americans supported legal same-sex “marriage” at the time. Such support reached majority level among the population by 2011, and topped 60 percent in 2015, just one month before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision essentially legalized so-called homosexual “marriage” nationwide.

Over the past several years, Gallup polls have showed a steady rise in support for same-sex “marriage” even among groups that traditionally have opposed it as a whole. For example, according to Gallup, adults aged 65 and older “became mostly supportive in 2016 – as did Protestants in 2017 and Republicans in 2021.”

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A chart of poll results for support of same-sex “marriage” over the past 18 years, categorized by frequency of church attendance, shows a strong correlation between frequency of church attendance and level of overall support for homosexual “marriage.” While each group has somewhat steadily increased in its support for the historically taboo issue, those who “seldom or never” attend church have consistently been most supportive, and weekly church-goers have been the least supportive.

Interestingly, however, those who attend church “nearly weekly” or “monthly” have veered closer to the opinion of those who “seldom or never” attend church over the past couple of decades. In 2004, about 30 percent of the semi-regular attendees supported homosexual “marriage,” only ten points away from the 20 percent level of support among weekly attendees (versus 52 percent of “seldom/never” attendees).

However, by 2022, the “nearly weekly/monthly” group, now at a 70 percent level of support for homosexual “marriage,” have sidled up next to the “seldom/never” group, which ranks in support for the arrangement at 82 percent. The weekly church-goers are now an outlier group, even if their 40 percent of same-sex “marriage” supporters comprise a sizable chunk of their demographic.

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A sweeping overview of opinions on moral issues shared via Gallup polls over the past two decades shows that as of 2021, 69 percent of Americans found “gay or lesbian relations” to be “morally acceptable.”

The Daily Wire noted that Gallup “polls a minimum of 1,000 adults aged 18 and older across the United States via landline and cellphone with a minimum quota of 70% cellphone respondents and 30% landline respondents.”

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