- 74% of Catholics believe that gay relationships should be "accepted by society."
- Catholics favor legal recognition for same sex couples more than any other religious tradition. They approve of marriage (43%) or civil unions (31%). But when the distinction between civil marriage and religious matrimony is made explicit, 71% of Catholics favor marriage rights.
- Catholics also favor other LGBT rights issues, and give their church poor grades in its handling LGBT issues. They understand that sexuality is not "curable" (69%), And 56% agree that sexual relationships between gay people are not sinful.
- A large number of Americans are ex-Catholics (including yours truly), and many of these report leaving in part because of Catholic teachings about homosexuality.
"Most American Catholics believe that one can be a good Catholic and disagree with the Vatican and the bishops on issues of personal conscience," said [Dr. Michelle Dillon, professor of sociology and chair of the Sociology Department at the University of New Hampshire]. "Gay-marriage has clearly become another issue, along with artificial contraception and divorce and remarriage, which Catholics believe is not core to what it means to be Catholic."