A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research, an evangelical Christian organization, found that fewer Americans now view homosexual behavior as a sin.
The November 2012 poll of nearly 1,200 adults found that 37 percent view it is a sin, while 45 percent said it isn’t.
A year earlier, 44 percent of respondents had said homosexual behavior is a sin. The number of those saying it isn’t a sin remained about the same (at 43 percent), but the number who are unsure rose from 13 percent to 17 percent.
The poll had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.
“The culture is clearly shifting on homosexuality and this creates a whole new issue,” Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said in a release about the survey. “How will America deal with a minority view, strongly held by evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and so many others?”
Leaders of the Utah-based LDS Church and some other faith groups make a distinction, though, between same-sex attraction, which they believe is not sinful, and homosexual behavior, which they say is.