Homosexual Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of ‘Moral Acceptability’

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The Gallup poll’s annual “moral acceptability” scale has been conducted since 2001 and charts shifting cultural attitudes on a number of hot-button social issues. In the 2014 list released Friday (May 30), Gallup researchers said 12 of the 19 categories reflected “levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past.”

“Americans largely agree about the morality of several issues,” Gallup researchers said. “Most say birth control is acceptable but that extramarital affairs are wrong. However, other issues show clear, substantial divides. These differences are largely explained by party identification, but previous research has shown that age also plays a factor.”

Three issues — sex between an unmarried man and woman, medical research on embryonic stem cells and doctor-assisted suicide — showed a slight increase in acceptability from 2013. Most of the other issues were mostly unchanged.

Gallup grouped the 19 issues into five categories, including:

Highly acceptable: birth control (90 percent)

Largely acceptable: divorce (69 percent); sex between an unmarried man and woman (66 percent); embryonic stem cell research (65 percent); gambling (62 percent); the death penalty (61 percent); buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur (58 percent); having a baby outside of marriage (58 percent); gay or lesbian relations (58 percent); medical testing on animals (57 percent)

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Contentious: Doctor-assisted suicide (52 percent); abortion (42 percent)

Largely unacceptable: Cloning animals (34 percent); pornography (33 percent); sex between teenagers (30 percent)

Highly unacceptable: Suicide (19 percent); polygamy (14 percent); cloning humans (13 percent); married men and women having an affair (7 percent)

Against a backdrop of sweeping legal victories in favor of same-sex marriage, the 58 percent of Americans who rated homosexual relations as morally acceptable was mostly unchanged from last year’s rating of 59 percent. Last year’s figure, however, represented a 19-point shift since 2001, the largest change for any issue on Gallup’s list, which it started at that time.

Other notable shifts over time include having a baby out of wedlock (up 13 points from 2002); sex between unmarried adults (up 13 points since 2001), and divorce (up 10 points from 2001).

The 2014 figures were based on 1,028 phone interviews with U.S. adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  • Jason

    Society in general may have turned to their own interpretation of what’s right and wrong, but here’s what the God and creator of the Universe says…..

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    1 Timothy 1:10 “The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else
    is contrary to sound doctrine,”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall
    surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

    1 Corinthians 7:2 “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each
    woman her own husband.”

    Jude 1:7 “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and
    pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”

    Mark 10:6-9 “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his
    father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

    Romans 1:26 “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual
    relations for unnatural ones.”

    Romans 1:28 “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them
    over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

    Revelation 21:8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

    Revelation 22:15 “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

    1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.”

    Galatians 5:16-17 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”

    Romans 8:5 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

    1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”