By Jeffrey Hartinger
A new study conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that millennials, individuals between the ages of 18 and 29, are significantly more progressive than previous generations when it comes to gay and lesbian rights.
Among the information derived from polling was that the generation gap in support for same-sex marriage is striking and persists, even among religious and conservative groups. The study found that nearly half (49%) of Republican millennials favor marriage rights for same-sex couples.
This is a stark contrast when compared to the political party as a whole. Only 19% of Republican seniors and less than one third of all Republicans support same-sex marriage.
In regard to acceptance of gay men and women serving in public roles — such as doctors, judges, and law enforcement — the millennial generation joins women, Democrats, and college-educated Americans in being “more comfortable” with such situations. Seniors, men, Republicans, and those with less than a college education reported being “very or somewhat comfortable” with this reality.
The study, “Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights,” includes an analysis by Robert P. Jones, Daniel Cox, and Elizabeth Cook.
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