Christian groups admits defeat in battle against gay marriage

Tue. May 24, 2011 2:35 PM by News Staff

A conservative Christian group admitted this week that it is losing the battle on gay marriage, particularly among young people.

"We've probably lost that," Focus on the Family Chief Executive and President Jim Daly said about evangelicals' battle against gay marriage. "I don't want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture."

In an interview with World Magazine, an evangelical Christian magazine, Daly noted that people in their 20s and 30s were especially likely to support marriage equality.

A summation is supported by a Gallup poll released last week that showed 70 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds support gay marriage. Overall 53 percent of Americans polled said it's time for gay marriage to be legal, marking the first time for such support since Gallup began tracking the issue in 2004.

Daly isn't ready for a permanent cease fire in the battle over marriage quality, he explains that Christians need to get their own marriages in order before taking high moral ground.

"We've got to look at our own house, make sure our marriages are healthy, that we're being a good witness to the world," concluded Daly. "Then we can continue to work on defending marriage as best as we can."

Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex marriages.