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We ask about the respondent's attitude about homosexuality. While scanning for those we found some that ask about the congregation's perspective on homosexuals and whether homosexuals can hold leadership positions in the church.

Below are 28 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

MBRGAY06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(mbrgay_06) Would the following types of people be permitted to be full-fledged members of your congregation: An openly gay or lesbian couple in a committed relationship? (MBRGAY06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data10.4
1) Yes13852.7
2) No9435.9
3) Dont know2911.1
TOTAL262100.0


LISS1_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(lissue1_06) On what issue or issues did a group from your congregation lobby elected officials? (FIRST MENTION) (LISS1_06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data21782.8
1) Right to life114.2
3) Stem cell research10.4
6) Pro-gay rights20.8
7) Anti-gay rights10.4
8) Education41.5
9) Support immigration20.8
12) International aid/support, issues, human rights, peace/war51.9
14) Poverty, welfare/social services support83.1
20) Other31.1
32) Gay and lesbian issue, no position indicated31.1
33) Abortion, no position indicated10.4
40) Crime, drugs, community safety31.1
42) Gambling10.4
TOTAL262100.0


LISS2_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(lissue2_06) On what issue or issues did a group from your congregation lobby elected officials? (SECOND MENTION) (LISS2_06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data23489.3
1) Right to life10.4
3) Stem cell research20.8
4) Euthanasia/assisted suicide10.4
5) Death penalty10.4
7) Anti-gay rights10.4
8) Education20.8
9) Support immigration10.4
11) Support of workers rights20.8
12) International aid/support, issues, human rights, peace/war10.4
13) Support of environment10.4
14) Poverty, welfare/social services support72.7
20) Other31.1
31) Immigration, no position indicated10.4
32) Gay and lesbian issue, no position indicated20.8
40) Crime, drugs, community safety20.8
TOTAL262100.0


MISS1_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(missue1_06) What was the issue or policy about which a group from your congregation demonstrated or marched? (FIRST MENTION) (MISS1_06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data21582.1
-2) Dont know10.4
1) Right to life155.7
2) Right for women to choose10.4
6) Pro-gay rights10.4
7) Anti-gay rights31.1
8) Education10.4
9) Support immigration51.9
12) International aid/support, issues, human rights, peace/war41.5
14) Poverty, welfare/social services support31.1
20) Other10.4
31) Immigration, no position indicated51.9
32) Gay and lesbian issue, no position indicated20.8
33) Abortion, no position indicated10.4
40) Crime, drugs, community safety20.8
41) Racial issues20.8
TOTAL262100.0


HOMOSX98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(homosex_98) Does your congregation have any special rules or norms concerning homosexual behavior? (HOMOSX98)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data31.1
-2) Dont know20.8
1) Yes14254.2
2) No11543.9
TOTAL262100.0


LDRGAY06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(ldrgay_06) Regarding leadership, if they were otherwise qualified, would the following types of people be permitted to hold all of the volunteer leadership positions open to other members: An openly gay or lesbian couple in a committed relationship? (LDRGAY06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data10.4
1) Yes6926.3
2) No17466.4
3) Dont know186.9
TOTAL262100.0


WLCMST06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(wlcmstmt_06) Some congregations have adopted written statements that officially welcome gays and lesbians. Has your congregation adopted such a statement? (WLCMST06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data10.4
-1) Refused20.8
1) Yes228.4
2) No23790.5
TOTAL262100.0


GAY1_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(gayles1_06) What was this conflict about? Homosexuality (GAY1_06)
TOTAL%
0) No25697.7
1) Yes62.3
TOTAL262100.0


GAY2_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(gayles2_06) What was this conflict about? Homosexuality (GAY2_06)
TOTAL%
0) No26099.2
1) Yes20.8
TOTAL262100.0


MISS2_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(missue2_06) What was the issue or policy about which a group from your congregation demonstrated or marched? (SECOND MENTION) (MISS2_06)
TOTAL%
-3) All other missing data24894.7
1) Right to life20.8
4) Euthanasia/assisted suicide10.4
5) Death penalty10.4
7) Anti-gay rights10.4
9) Support immigration20.8
12) International aid/support, issues, human rights, peace/war20.8
14) Poverty, welfare/social services support20.8
20) Other20.8
40) Crime, drugs, community safety10.4
TOTAL262100.0


GAY3_06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

(gayles3_06) What was this conflict about? Homosexuality (GAY3_06)
TOTAL%
0) No262100.0
TOTAL262100.0


FOCUSSL from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Profile

Does this congregations worship services focus on particular group(s) of people? - Yes, certain groups with similar lifestyles (singles, homosexuals) (FOCUSSL)
TOTAL%
0) Not check41698.1
1) Checked81.9
TOTAL424100.0


PROHIB9 from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Profile

Does your congregation or denomination have any special rules or prohibitions regarding the following? Homosexual behavior (PROHIB9)
TOTAL%
1) Yes26866.2
2) No13733.8
TOTAL405100.0


GAYCLERG from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

For/Against: What about churches that allow openly gay individuals to be members of the clergy? (10) (GAYCLERG)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused/Dont know11915.9
0) Against it24532.7
1) For it38651.5
TOTAL750100.0


SERHOMO from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ATTENDED RELIGIOUS SERVICES AT LEAST A FEW TIMES A YEAR AND ARE MEMBERS OF A PLACE OF WORSHIP. During the past year, have you heard a sermon, lecture, or group discussion in your congregation that dealt with any the following? -- being more supportive of homosexuals (SERHOMO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes51216.1
2) No2,59881.6
3) Dont know/refused742.3
TOTAL3184100.0


PROB_B1 from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

Please tell me what the disagreements were about. (1st) (Recode) (PROB_B1)
TOTAL%
1) Other4515.0
2) (DK)103.3
3) (Refused)237.6
5) Everything00.0
6) Theology124.0
7) Money/finances/budget6019.9
8) Program/mission priorities or emphases113.7
9) Who should make a decision279.0
10) Women in the ministry113.7
11) Homosexuality (gay/lesbian issues)20.7
12) Pro life or pro choice00.0
13) HIV/AIDS20.7
14) Worship style or music style155.0
15) Building/renovations93.0
16) Appointment/getting another pastor/new pastor103.3
17) Change (non-specific)31.0
18) Doctrine41.3
19) Family problems10.3
20) Administration31.0
21) Leadership issues20.7
22) Merger00.0
23) Relocation41.3
24) Outreach00.0
25) Racism20.7
26) Former minister/pastor82.7
27) Pastor10.3
28) New housing for pastor10.3
29) Ecumenical10.3
30) Members leaving00.0
31) Pastor leaving/removal/terminated62.0
32) Gossip31.0
33) Personal41.3
34) Church discipline10.3
35) Pastors martial status10.3
36) Policy10.3
37) Politics20.7
38) People having their way/too much control20.7
39) Pastor/congregation conflicts51.7
40) Law enforcement/police brutality10.3
41) Wont be a puppet/molded into different person00.0
42) Denominational/church related issues10.3
43) Congregation/parishioners/people31.0
44) Personality31.0
45) Social issues10.3
Missing13,999 
TOTAL301100.0


CLRGHOMO from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out about laws regarding homosexuality? (CLRGHOMO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2,52443.9
2) No3,14654.8
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)751.3
Missing5,195 
TOTAL5,745100.0


HOMOSAID from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

When your clergy has spoken about homosexuality, do they say it is something that should be accepted, something that should be discouraged, or dont they take a position on the issue? (HOMOSAID)
TOTAL%
1) Accepted1957.7
2) Discouraged1,82572.3
3) No position38915.4
4) Other/Multiple positions (Vol.)712.8
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)431.7
Missing8,416 
TOTAL2,523100.0


QN49_B from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

IF RESPONDENT ATTENDS RELIGIOUS SERVICES AT ALL (from QN23): Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out about laws regarding homosexuality? (QN49_B)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,49642.5
2) No1,73449.2
8) Dont know2687.6
9) Refused230.7
TOTAL3521100.0


PROB_B2 from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

Please tell me what the disagreements were about. (2nd) (Recode) (PROB_B2)
TOTAL%
1) Other103.7
6) Theology31.1
7) Money/finances/budget72.6
8) Program/mission priorities or emphases41.5
9) Who should make a decision31.1
10) Women in the ministry10.4
11) Homosexuality (gay/lesbian issues)41.5
14) Worship style or music style114.1
15) Building/renovations00.0
19) Family problems00.0
21) Leadership issues51.9
23) Relocation41.5
24) Outreach00.0
26) Former minister/pastor10.4
30) Members leaving31.1
31) Pastor leaving/removal/terminated10.4
36) Policy10.4
38) People having their way/too much control00.0
39) Pastor/congregation conflicts31.1
41) Wont be a puppet/molded into different person31.1
96) No second disagreement20676.3
Missing14,029 
TOTAL270100.0


Q5P from Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.

IF Q4P=1, ASK: And would you say that the religion was too strict and conservative about things like abortion and homosexuality, or the religion was too relaxed and liberal about things like abortion and homosexuality? (Q5P)
TOTAL%
1) Too strict/conservative on abortion/homosexuality35685.0
2) Too relaxed/liberal on abortion/homosexuality358.4
3) Neither/both equally/other (Vol.)92.1
9) Dont know/refused (Vol.)194.5
TOTAL419100.0


SOLAHEX from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out about the laws regarding homosexuality? [Answered if ATTEND = 1, 2, or 3. (At least once a month)] (SOLAHEX)
TOTAL%
1) Yes56351.4
2) No52047.4
9) Dont know/Refused131.2
Missing906 
TOTAL1,096100.0


GAYISSUE from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF A CHURCH OR A SYNAGOGUE: During the past year, has your congregation participated in any of the following? - An effort to promote gay and lesbian issues (GAYISSUE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes323.5
2) No74181.0
3) Dont know14115.4
4) Refused10.1
TOTAL915100.0


GAYCLERG from Houston Area Survey, 2010

For/Against: What about churches that allow openly gay individuals to be members of the clergy? (GAYCLERG)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused/Dont know11915.9
0) Against it24532.7
1) For it38651.5
TOTAL750100.0


CLRG_HOM from News Interest Index, October 2003

[ASK ONLY IF W_HOM= 1 OR W_HOMLAW= 1] When your clergy has spoken about homosexuality, do they say it is something that should be accepted, something that should be discouraged, or dont they take a position on the issue? (CLRG_HOM)
TOTAL%
1) Accepted284.0
2) Discouraged52775.5
3) No position11015.8
4) Other/Multiple positions172.4
9) Dont know/Refused162.3
Missing1,973 
TOTAL698100.0


W_HOM from News Interest Index, October 2003

[ASK ONLY IF ATTEND= 1, 2 OR 3] As I read a list of issues, please tell me whether or not the clergy at your place of worship speaks out on this issue: Issues related to homosexuality (W_HOM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes40354.5
2) No32644.1
9) Dont know/Refused101.4
Missing1,932 
TOTAL739100.0


ACTIVE7 from Survey of Religion and Community Life in Indianapolis, 1999

How important should it be for religious groups to influence public policy to support gay and lesbian rights in Indianapolis? (ACTIVE7)
TOTAL%
1) Very important13316.5
2) Somewhat important21426.6
3) Not too important15919.7
4) Not at all important28735.6
8) Dont know81.0
9) Refused50.6
TOTAL806100.0


HOMOSEX from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990

To what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements? For each, choose the response which best fits your present thinking. -- Declaring a homosexual orientation would not exclude an individual from being admitted to my congregation. (HOMOSEX)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree86014.1
2) Disagree1,33822.0
3) Neither agree nor disagree2,21036.3
4) Agree1,43823.6
5) Strongly agree2363.9
TOTAL6082100.0




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