I ran across an interesting poll just released by Pew Research Center that I thought might be of interest here. A summary can be viewed here and the full report (PDF) can be downloaded here. Most interesting are religious views toward gay marriage, as measured by responses to the question "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?": Not surprisingly, support is strongest among atheists/ agnostics, with 80% in favor of gay marriage and only 16% opposed. Also not so surprisingly, white evangelicals constitute the least supportive group, with only 20% in favor and 74% opposed. More surprising for me were the views among mainstream Jews, Catholics and Protestants. Jews are nearly as supportive as atheists/agnostics, while white Catholics and mainstream Protestants are today roughly split on the issue with 49% of each group in favor. I suppose you can view this from either a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full perspective, but the trends are clear and undeniable. In fact, this is the first year that more respondents in these groups favored than opposed. Interestingly, however, minority religious (Hispanic Catholics and Black Mainline Protestants) are far less supportive than whites. In particular, only 28% of Black Protestants are in favor. There are also large differences, as one would expect, by age, gender, political affiliation, and so on. The report is worth a read to see where Americans stand on the issue today. Overall, the poll shows 42% of Americans favor legal gay marriage and 48% oppose. This is improved from 38%/53%, respectively, only two years ago. We've come a long way from 1996, when only 27% of Americans favored gay marriage and 65% opposed. Gays in the Military Views toward allowing gays to serve openly in the military are even more favorable. Again, this issue sees widespread support among Catholics and white Mainline Protestants, with 68% in each camp in favor. I post this because I've noticed that religious people tend to get demonized around here frequently as being hostile toward gay rights. This is almost certainly due to the positions of a rather noisy and influential evangelical minority. Nonetheless, I think there is more support than you probably realize, and this support is growing steadily.