Sexuality survey refutes key evangelical claim

Right-wing evangelicals claim that acceptance of gays contributes to widespread sexual promiscuity, but a new government survey of Americans’ sexual behavior offers evidence to the contrary.

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer teens and young adults are having sex of any kind than they were in 2002, the last time the survey was conducted.

Among 15 to 24 year olds, 27 percent of males and 29 percent of females reported they had never had sexual contact with another person. Only 22 percent of males and females that age reported being virginal in 2002.

During the years between surveys, acceptance of same-sex relations has risen dramatically and five states have enacted same-sex marriage laws. (Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, has the lowest divorce rate in the nation. Divorce rates are highest in the southern Bible Belt and western red states.)

The new sex survey also looked at same-sex relationships, and found that twice as many women as men admit to having had a same-sex experience. Among 15 to 44-year-old women, 13 percent say they’ve had a sexual experience with a woman. Only 5 percent of men in that age group acknowledged being intimate with another man.

aWomen were also three times more likely than men to say they are bisexual.