Religious Tradition, Religiosity, Or Everyday Theologies? Unpacking Religion's Relationship To Support For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Among A College Student Sample

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Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This study explores the differential impact of religious tradition, religiosity, and everyday theologies on support for legalizing same-sex marriage among a sample of undergraduate college students. The findings suggest that among college students in the United States the group of everyday theologies—personal religious beliefs that emerge through individuals’ lived experiences and social interactions—that we examine has a larger influence on attitudes about legalizing same-sex marriage than do either religious tradition or religiosity (measured as attendance, prayer, and guidance). We operationalize the concept of everyday theologies as levels of endorsement for six different religious themes. Implications for social movements promoting same-sex marriage and future research are discussed.

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Walls, N.E., Woodford, M.R. & Levy, D.L. Religious Tradition, Religiosity, or Everyday Theologies? Unpacking Religion’s Relationship to Support for Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Among a College Student Sample. Rev Relig Res 56, 219–243 (2014). Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2013
Same-sex marriage, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Sexual minority, Religion, Religiosity, Everyday theologies

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