Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Millennials and Marriage

Are the younger generation more open to gay "marriage"?  Certainly if you look at these polling results.
Support for same-sex "marriage" is split significantly along generational lines, with opposition to marriage redefinition remaining strong among older generations and only millennials mustering majority support, according to a recent poll.

A Pew Research Forum this month found that 70 percent of those born after 1981 favor marriage redefinition. No other generation crossed the threshold of 50 percent.

Support for preserving marriage tracked largely with age. The second greatest support for marriage redefinition was among Generation X, those born between 1965-1980, with 49 percent.

America's largest population bloc, Baby Boomers, trailed far behind, with only 38 percent in favor of homosexual “marriages.”

Their views are not so different from their parents, the Silent Generation. Less than one-third of those born before 1945 would redefine marriage.

Overall, opposition to same-sex “marriage” actually increased since last year, by one percent.

Forty-nine percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks approve of homosexual matrimony. Hispanic views were not reported separately.

The polling company did not report the level of opposition to same-sex “marriage.”
Does this mean the battle is lost?  Absolutely not.  Marriage advocates just haven't effectively and consistently made their case to the public on what marriage truly is.  What its nature, purpose and importance are.

I analogize it to the abortion issue where the younger generation is more pro-life than the older generation.  That's because pro-life advocates started making an effective case to the public on what abortion is and why it's so destructive to human life and flourishing.  As for marriage, it's been redefined, a process going on for generations, as simply a strong emotional attachment.  Can it be turned around overnight?  No, but eventually it can be and will be because it's the foundation of God's created social order.  Truth ultimately prevails.  The question for us and our generation and society is will we be on the right side of truth or the wrong side.

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