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Pew Data on Same-Sex Marriage

The Pew Center has released some interesting new data on public attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage.

Polls and surveys are tricky for two reasons. The first is methodology: was the survey properly taken, did they get a representative sample, and so forth. The second is suitability: is a poll really the right tool for the job? Years ago, the Harvard Lampoon published a parody edition of USA Today featuring the headline: “Chromium Heaviest Metal: Poll Finds.” The poll might have found it, but chromium isn’t the heaviest metal.

Anyway, I was interested in this bit of the poll:

Among the groups most likely to favor same-sex marriage in 2014 were Millennials (67%), Democrats (64%) and people without any religious affiliation (77%).

(Some of my previous posts on this topic.)

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Sexuality Debate

I really enjoyed Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. In fact, I liked it so much, I subscribed to his blog at donaldmilleris.com. That’s where I just noticed this article. It’s a bit dated, and it’s about Eddie Long, who I’d never heard of until a month ago. But I’m posting it because I think it ties in with our denomination’s never-ending battle about human sexuality.

I encourage you to read the whole thing. Here’s something to get you started:

In my opinion, the reason Christians become marginalized for being open about their homosexuality is because of people like, well, Ted Haggard and Eddie Long. And not because both men have been accused of being gay. It’s because both men actually created the attitude that judges them in the first place.

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