Posted: 18 Mar 2014 09:16 AM PDT
A while ago we had a real treat at St Mary’s. Prof John Curtice gave a talk about public opinion and same-sex marriage. It was one of those forums which was very special for those who were there. There simply isn’t anyone who knows how to read and interpret public opinion as John can and it was great to see him in action.
It was also one of the first forum meetings which I videoed. Unfortunately, the talk that John gave was fantastic but the audio on the video was terrible. Lots of people tried to listen but some were quite disappointed. For that reason, I was delighted that John agreed to give a similar, though slightly updated, talk to the diocesan synod that we held here in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway on 1 March 2014. Once again, John was gracious enough to allow it to be videoed and this time the audio is tip-top, thanks to Kennedy Fraser’s work on the sound-desk.
This can be posted freely. I suspect that it may help far more people in the church get their heads around where public opinion lies on this question than were at the synod the other week. Do share and use on other blogs and diocesan websites. And take a look – it is well worth putting aside half an hour to watch.
This article, by Fr. Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland, gives us access to a presentation made by Strathclyde University Professor, John Curtice, on the demographics of public surveys on Same-Sex Relationships in England & Wales and Scotland.
Most interesting is the fact that, over the last 340 years, from 1983 until today, opinions about Same-Sex Relationships have changed dramatically – from a majority against such relationships, to an overwhelming majority in favour.
It should not be too surprising that adherents of religious communities have been the most reluctant to approve of S/S relationships but, amazingly, Roman Catholics are significantly more in favour than Protestants.
Among the general population the proportionate age groups reflect different attitudes – with younger people more in favour of S/S relationships; while the over 65s are less in favour. It is thought that, with the dramatic change in attitudes on the part of the younger, growing population; opposition to S/S relationship will gradually recede.
As the lecture, accessible here at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0gYaz8hgRmM was presented at the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Glasgow Synod on March 1st, 2014, the research will be seen to have been immediately topical – not only for Scotland, but also for England and Wales.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand