After the long debate before gay marriage was made legal in 2015, a survey shows that since then Protestant pastors have rarely been asked to officiate same-sex weddings.
More than 100,000 such weddings have occurred since the Supreme Court ruling. But only 11 percent of church pastors, both mainline and evangelical, report having been asked to perform such a rite, according to a poll by LifeWay Research.
Mainline Protestant clergy were three times as likely as evangelical pastors to have been asked. Presbyterian or Reformed clergy are most likely — 26 percent — to have received a request to marry a same-sex couple, while Baptist pastors, at 1 percent, are the least likely.
Pastors 55 and older were twice as likely as their younger counterparts to be asked to perform a same-sex ceremony.
“Most couples, if they want a church wedding, will ask a pastor they know or who they think will support them,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “For same-sex couples, this appears to be an older Presbyterian pastor.”
The findings, based on a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors from March 9-24, 2016, had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. NFJ
By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service