June 29, 2009

Faith ‘important’ to homosexuals, study finds


by David Masters

Six in ten gay and lesbian adults say faith is important to their lives, according to a new US study.

This is compared to 72% of heterosexual adults who told Christian research firm Barna Group that faith is important to their lives.

George Barna, author of the study and founder of California-based Barna Group, said: “People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts.

“A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today.”

Seven in ten (70%) gay and lesbian adults identified themselves as Christian, compared to 85% of heterosexual adults.

Three quarters of heterosexual adults said their “personal commitment to Jesus Christ” is still important to them today, compared with 58% of gays and lesbians.

Over 9,000 American adults were interviewed for the survey between January 2007 and November 2008.

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