October 2016 – According to LifeWay Research, evangelical believers are dramatically more likely than Americans as a whole and those of other faith groups to express moral concerns about gender change.
Evangelicals are nearly twice as likely (61%) as non-Evangelicals (32%) to say it is morally wrong to use surgery or hormones to change birth gender. This compares to Catholics at 29%, non-Christian faiths at 41%, and the nonreligious at 21%.
Overall, 6 in 10 Americans don’t think it is morally wrong for people to identify with a gender different from their birth gender. And more than half of Americans (54%) believe there is nothing morally wrong with attempting to change genders through surgical means or by taking hormones.
“Evangelical Christians are clearly in the minority on this issue,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “A majority of Americans reject the view of a Creator giving them a gender that shouldn’t be changed.”