Slideshow: Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage
In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin. Today, there is more support for same-sex marriage than opposition to it. Combined data from two 2013 polls show 50% of Americans in favor and 43% opposed.
State Policies on Same-Sex Marriage
Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. To date, 12 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, while 30 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage. This map shows the change in each state’s policy over time.
TEDx: How Pew Research Studies Religious Freedom
Senior Researcher Brian J. Grim talks about the Pew Research Center’s restrictions on religion studies at the April 2013 TEDx ViaDellaConciliazione conference at the Vatican.
Infographic: The World’s Muslims
Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”
Graphic: American Hindus To Celebrate a New Year
While the exact date of the Hindu New Year varies by region and custom, many Hindus celebrate in mid-April with traditional meals and activities at home and in temples.
Map: State Legislation Restricting Use of Foreign or Religious Law
Between 2010 and 2012, lawmakers in at least 32 states introduced bills to ban state courts from considering foreign or religious laws in their decisions.
Graphic: U.S. Christians’ Views on the Return of Christ
According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey, roughly half (48%) of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Christ will definitely (27%) or probably (20%) return to earth in the next 40 years.
Graphic: Israel, the U.S. and the World’s Jewish Population
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Middle East from March 20-23, where he will spend much of the time in Israel, home to 41% of the world’s Jews.
Graphic: Conclave Elects Pope
Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina and becomes the first Latin American pontiff.
Graphic: Geography of the Conclave
Just as the world’s Catholic population is spread across the globe, the cardinal electors gather from all regions to elect the next pope.