Evangelical Protestants and marriage equality
Evangelical Protestants have high levels of religious certainty and levels of worship. Evangelical Baptists identified more strongly as Republican and conservative than evangelical Protestants at large. Throughout the 1970s evangelical Christians increasingly viewed secular humanism as the greatest threat to Protestant Christian hegemony. Christians are called on in Scripture to love homosexuals and treat them with dignity and equality, while reserving the right to not support homosexual marriage. Evangelical Christians feared that their church may become too politicized, hampering their more important obligation to bring the Gospel to all people regardless of political views. The roots of modern evangelicalism in America can be traced to the late 1800s and early 1900s when "Protestants split over a debate between fundamentalists and modernists. Differences in voting behavior between white and nonwhite evangelical Christians simultaneously intensified, becoming statistically significant in 1984 and 1988. During the 1970s traditional religious practices and beliefs, separate from religious affiliation, began to impact presidential voting.