While there seems to be some surprise in the reaction to this finding, most theologians would understand that when a person’s moral foundations crumble, it has a pervasive impact upon many areas of his life and mindset.
A new study from an Indiana University professor finds that the more men watch pornography, the more it breaks down their moral views and the more accepting they become of homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
“Pornography adopts an individualistic, non-judgmental stance on all kinds of non-traditional sexual behaviors and same-sex marriage attitudes are strongly linked to attitudes about same-sex sex. If people think individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to have same-sex sex, they will also think that individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether to get married to a partner of the same-sex,” Professor Paul Wright told The Washington Examiner.
A review of 500 men over six years found that “pornography consumption did prospectively predict support for same-sex marriage,” according to an abstract of the article, which is soon to be published in the journal Communication Research. Heavy viewers of pornography were also far more likely to believe “marriage is an outdated institution” and that homosexuals parent as well as heterosexuals.
This is at least the second study to find such a connection. University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus first mentioned the link between porn and gay “marriage” last December in The Public Discourse. He found that 54 percent of men aged 23-39 who watched porn “every day or almost every day” strongly agreed that homosexual marriage should be legal.
Incidentally, today, four out of five 16 year-old boys regularly view pornography. This may add credence to Regnerus’ next observation. “Contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts,” Regnerus wrote.
Same-sex marriage is not a result of greater liberty and a new intellectual enlightenment, but a symptom of widespread moral decline and spiritual decay.