Support for same-sex marriage among
members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The
Mormons) is gradually increasing.
According to a Public Religion Research
Institute (PPRI) poll of 40,000 people released last week, support
for marriage equality has increased 13 percent in the last three
years to 40 percent among Mormons.
Pollsters, however, found higher
support among Catholics, Muslims and Jews.
A majority (52%) of Mormons between the
ages of 18-29 support legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples, a
43 percent increase since 2014, the poll found.
Support nationally is up 9 percent
since 2013 to 61 percent of Americans.
in 44 states approve same-sex marriage, poll finds.)
In 2008, the Mormon church actively
lobbied for passage of a California constitutional amendment that
defined marriage as a heterosexual union. Seven years later, the
church said that gay men and lesbians in a relationship are
Mormon Alex Landers told ABC News that
she supports marriage equality because she has LGBT friends,
including her best friend who is a bisexual man.
“I can't look at him and his
boyfriend and tell them that they can't be happy and they can't love
each other,” Landers,
20, told the outlet. “Heavenly Father loves us for who we are.
He wants us to be happy, as long as we're treating people well and
we're being who we truly are and we're not hurting anyone.”