Americans’ attitudes toward gays and lesbians have radically shifted since Massachusetts first legalized same–sex marriage a decade ago, according to a survey from the Public Religion Research Institute. The shift toward increased acceptance crosses all religious, political and age groups, and every region of the country. The survey also uncovered a reason 1 in 3 millennials (under age 34) are less religious: young adults told researchers they left their childhood religion because of their church’s negative teachings or treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. At the root of change: a personal connection to someone who is LGBT.
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