chapter  6
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Religious minorities and marriage equality

ByLuke Perry

Religious responses to marriage equality by minority religions can mirror their larger counterparts. The Church insists on its leaders' and members' right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is relatively similar to Protestants and Catholics demographically except for being younger and being more inclined toward having children. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members. Orthodox Christians are evenly divided between Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, the Orthodox Church in America, and Orthodox traditions. Orthodox Christians identify with and/or lean Democratic more than Republican. Orthodox Christians are predominately male and younger than Protestants and Catholics. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is one of 13 assemblies of bishops geographically distributed around the word.