50% of Anglicans say same-sex relationships are no problem

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during the General Synod on February 15, 2016 in London, England. The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

As the Synod is going to debate towards whether to consider same-sex marriage, the opinions of the congregation divided literally half by half. The Church of England is to debate the issue of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but the findings from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey showed that 50 percent of those who identify as Anglican believe same-sex relationships are “not wrong at all”.

Just under 20 percent still think same-sex relationships are “always wrong”, a drop of 34 percent when compared to findings from 1983. On the issue of equal marriage, a 2014 version of the survey showed that 47 percent of Anglicans supported the right of same-sex couples to marry. That compared with 60 percent of the public as a whole. 26 percent of Anglicans believe that equal marriage is wrong.

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