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Majority of religious Americans disapprove of family members marrying atheists


(RNS) Most Americans accept interracial marriage, but many people of faith say they would be troubled by a family member’s decision to marry an atheist, the Pew Research Center reports.

Seven in 10 Americans associated with a religion said they would either be bothered, but come to accept such a marriage (43 percent) or not ever accept (27 percent) it, the poll found.

Meanwhile, slightly more than a quarter of religious Americans (27 percent) said they “would be fine” with a relative marrying a person who did not believe in God.

While black Americans are the most likely to accept interracial marriage, among people of faith, they are more uncomfortable with marriage to an atheist compared to whites and Hispanics, researchers reported in the study released Jan. 12.