Two out of three Americans believe gay people commit suicide at least partly because of messages coming out of churches and other places of worship, a survey released Thursday found. More than four out of 10 Americans say the message coming out of churches about gay people is negative, and about the same number say those messages contribute "a lot" to negative perceptions of gay and lesbian people.

Catholics were the most critical of their own churches' messages on homosexuality, while white evangelical Christians gave their churches the highest grades, the survey found.

The Public Religion Research Institute asked 1,017 Americans their views on religion and homosexuality between October 14 and 17, in the wake of a highly publicized rash of suicides by gay people. Only five out of 100 people gave churches generally an A for their handling of "the issue of homosexuality," while 28 percent said their own church handled it well. One in three people said that messages from places of worship contribute "a lot" to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth.

Here's a relevant quote from Fort Worth city council member Joel Burn's ITGP video:

"One day when I was in the ninth grade I was cornered by some older kids who roughed me up. They said that I was a faggot, and that I should die and go to hell where I belonged."

Where did those kids learn that God hates gay people and that gay people—including gay ninth graders—go to hell? They didn't learn it in algebra. They didn't learn it watching Sesame Street. They learned that in church.

A PDF of the study is here.