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“Compared to our study in 2006-2007, there’s been a ten percent increase among congregations that say gays and lesbians in committed relationships can be full-fledged members,” said Mark Chaves, a professor of sociology at Duke University who led the study. “Last time we asked these questions, it was 38 percent of congregations that let gays and lesbians be full members.”

In a similar pattern, the number of congregations that allow gay and lesbian members in long-term relationships to hold voluntary leadership positions has also increased from the 19 percentage that held the such a position in Chaves’ 2006-2007 study.

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