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Thu, Aug. 15 2013 05:39 PM EDT

Study: Some Evangelicals in 'Messy Middle' on Homosexuality, Civil Unions

By Napp Nazworth
A significant number of evangelicals believe both that homosexuality is a sin and civil unions for same-sex couples should be legal, according to research recently presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. These evangelicals find themselves in the "messy middle," Baylor University researchers Dr. Lydia Bean and Brandon Martinez argue, due to competing notions about how to engage with homosexuals: both wanting to show love and compassion for their gay neighbors, and wanting to remain loyal to the teachings of their faith. Those in the "messy middle," they find, are more similar to conservative than liberal evangelicals. (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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