dswReligious congregations are warming up to LGBT issues more and more, according to the results of a recent study out of Duke University. Conducted by Duke sociology professor Mark Chaves, the National Congregations Study investigated the shift in acceptance of gay and lesbian congregants from 2006 to 2012 — which rose from 37.4 percent to 48 percent in that time frame. Researchers asked religious leaders from 1,331 different American churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship, whether openly gay or lesbian couples would be allowed to become full-fledged members of their congregations. The shift toward greater inclusivity reflects the changing landscape of American political and social life — which on the whole is more accepting of LGBT issues than ever before. More