John M. Becker

If Your God is Male, You're More Likely to Oppose Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | December 01, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: civil unions, gay marriage, marriage equality, relationship recognition, religion, same-sex marriage, scientific study

incense-orthodox.jpgThe Huffington Post reports on a fascinating new study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Conducted by Clemson University sociologist Andrew Whitehead, it found that people who associate maleness with God are more likely to oppose relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

"Those who believe God is masculine also hold very traditional views of gender roles," Whitehead writes. "Individuals who ascribe to a masculine image of God are much more likely to espouse traditional gender ideologies compared to those who do not view God as masculine."...

For this study, Whitehead analyzed data from a 2007 Baylor Religion Survey of 1,648 U.S. citizens administered by the Gallup Organization and defined "traditional" by creating a gender roles index. For this he asked respondents to rate their agreement with statements like: "Most men are better suited emotionally for politics than most women," "A preschool child is likely to suffer if his or her mother works," "It is God's will that women care for children", and "A husband should earn a larger salary than his wife."

The researcher found that respondents who hold traditional gender beliefs are generally unfavorable toward LGBT individuals because they see them as exhibiting traits of the opposite sex and subverting gender roles.

HuffPost adds that Whitehead found that the correlation between belief in a masculine deity and opposition to same-sex relationships held true "across religious traditions."

Read the full report here.

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