A new wave of young Muslims is embracing gay marriage, a new generation is growing increasingly open to the idea and many are turning to social media for support, according to a study.
The Pew Research Center study, released on Thursday, found that just over half of Muslim Americans support gay marriage as the legal recognition of same-sex unions.
A whopping 93% of Muslim American adults believe that gay marriage is morally acceptable, up from 73% in 2015.
The new wave is largely driven by the young, but Pew found that a majority of Muslim Millennials (65%) also support gay rights.
A slim majority (53%) of the Silent Generation, who began as the Silent Majority and has largely faded since then, are against same-gender marriage, the study found.
Among Millennials, support for same- sex marriage has increased among both men and women, while men have become more supportive.
The Silent Generation is the largest generation of Muslim millennials, Pew found, with a majority (58%) of women saying they support gay-marriage rights.
There has been a noticeable rise in support for gay marriage among young Muslims, Pew noted, but only about a third of Muslims say they have “never been a gay man.”
Young Muslims who were born in the late 1980s or early 1990s are more likely than older Muslims to be in favor of gay marriage (69% vs. 63%), while younger Muslims are more accepting (56% vs 56%).
Overall, support has grown among Millennials for gay rights, but the Silent and Silent Generations have become much more supportive, with 62% of Silent Millennials now saying they believe gay marriage should be legal, and 66% of those who grew up in the early 1980s say same- gender marriage should also be legal.
Pew said this represents a 21% increase in support among younger Millennials compared to older Millennials, and a 40% increase among Silent Millennials.
The study found that the youngest generation of millennials is also the most supportive of gay rights; 73% of them say they support same- marriage rights.
By contrast, the oldest generation of Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1985, is less supportive, the Pew study found, at 57%.
But this is a generational divide, with younger Millennials more supportive than older Millennials of gay and lesbian marriage, but still opposed to same- sexual activity.
This has not translated into more support among older Millennials.
More Millennials say that gay rights should be a matter of personal choice (68%) than that same-Gender marriage should come from government (60%).
More older Millennials (68% of all Millennials ages 18 to 34) also favor same- Sex marriage rights, and oppose gay marriage altogether.
There is a gender gap in support of same sex marriage, Pew said, with male Millennials (61%) and women (57%) more likely to support same sex-marriage.
Women are more supportive of same gender marriage than men are.
But the generational gap in favor has narrowed among both genders.
Pew found that nearly three-quarters of Millennials (73%) support same gender marriages, but fewer than half of the other groups, like Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, support same marriage.
This is the first time that the Millennial generation has reached a majority support level for same gender couples, Pew wrote.