Are young people ditching religion because of anti-gay policies?

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HOUSTON, TX – It’s no secret the younger generation is considered to be a bit less religious than their elders. About one in three millennials don’t affiliate with any religion.

A big part is due to the anti-gay views in much of organized religion.

According to a recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute, about a third of young people who no longer affiliate with their childhood religions say the negative treatment and teachings about gay people are important reasons why.

A majority of Americans (58%) think religious groups are too judgmental of gay people. The number jumps to 70% for millennials.

Change could be in the air. It was Pope Francis who said, “Who am I to judge?” when it came to the topic of gay priests.

In the wake of the Federal Court ruling lifting the ban on same-sex marriage, are the widespread views on gay marriages pushing kids away from the church?

When it comes to this topic, one issue just becomes more colorful issues.