The majority of Catholics support LGBT+ church workers, and do not wish them to suffer discrimination at the hands of church leadership. In fact, according to recent studies by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Catholics now support same-sex marriage, even though many LGBT+ employees are only fired after marrying their same-sex spouses. According to research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, 60% of US Catholics either “strongly favor” or “favor” same-sex marriage.
Moving beyond the scope of just same-sex marriage, a majority of US Catholics (61%) express opposition to so-called “religious freedom” laws that allow businesses and other public service providers to discriminate against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation.
There is one very good reason for the dissonance between what many in the church hierarchy say, and what the rest of us actually believe: roughly three-quarters of US Catholics (73%) rely a great deal on their own conscience when facing difficult moral problems. Additionally, the church’s teaching on the “primacy of conscience” states definitively: “A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his (sic) conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1790).
More and more Catholics are speaking up about these issues publicly. To see what people are saying, check out our blog.