Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people
A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
70% said same-sex couples in civil partnerships with children were a family and more than half (52%) of people consider an unmarried couple without children to be a family.
Meanwhile, 47% of people consider a same-sex couple in a civil partnership without children to be a family.
Views differed little among religious people and the general population, with 67% of Anglicans, 66% of Catholics and 72% of Jewish people regarding a same-sex couple in a civil partnership with children as a family.
When asked whether more single women having children without a male partner is good or bad for society, 30% said neither but 58% said it was bad.
Views were more mixed when it came to more gay and lesbian couples raising children, with 24% saying this was good, 31% saying bad, and 39% saying neither.
The survey also found that although most think churches are welcoming of married and single people, just 21% said they were welcoming to gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
Over a third (39%) of people consider any two or more people who care for each other to be a family.
The survey was commissioned by Westminster Faith Debates and asked the views of over 4,000 UK adults.
However, he remains opposed to equal marriage and same-sex parenting.
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