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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Robert P. Jones
Fifty-three percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, up from 32 percent a decade ago, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, which claims the change in support is "transforming the American religious landscape."
More Americans support same-sex marriage today than a decade ago, but a majority still believe sex acts between people of the same gender are "morally wrong."
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is often described as both a tea party member and a libertarian, but it turns out that most libertarians aren't tea partyers.
New research says nearly 1 in 5 Americans are religious progressives, and some say they will outnumber religious conservatives in the next generation. But their diverse viewpoints may keep them from a cohesive movement to rival the religious right.
The generation gap is huge — 69 percent of millennials support same-sex marriage, compared with 37 percent of Americans in the silent generation, who are 68 or older, said Robert P. Jones, chief executive and founder of the institute.
"This new research reveals a libertarian constituency in America that is distinct both from the tea party and from the Christian right," said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the institute. "While conventional wisdom has assumed that the tea party movement is fueled by libertarian convictions, most libertarians see themselves as outside of the tea party movement."