Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated by more than just Hindus

This week marks Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights. In the U.S., seven-in-ten Indian Americans say they celebrate the holiday.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Americans of all ages divided over doctor-assisted suicide laws

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life. Most Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but the public is split on laws about doctor-assisted suicide.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2014

Young U.S. Catholics overwhelmingly accepting of homosexuality

The Roman Catholic Church signaled a more accepting stance toward gay people in a report bishops released during the Vatican’s synod on the family this week, a position already embraced by a majority of American Catholics, particularly younger adults.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Gay marriage arrives in the South, where the public is less enthused

Nationwide, 52% of Americans support gay marriage. In the South, 44% of people support gay marriage – well below the East (61%), West (58%) and Midwest (52%).

Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2014

Blacks are lukewarm to gay marriage, but most say businesses must provide wedding services to gay couples

African Americans remain less likely than white Americans to support same-sex marriage, as has been the case for several years. But at the same time, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of blacks – a significantly bigger share than among whites – say that wedding-related businesses, such as caterers or florists, […]

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

What today’s Supreme Court decision means for gay marriage

Today’s decision settles the issue in some states, but it has not ended the battle over same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

Supreme Court to decide whether inmates have religious right to grow beards

The court will determine whether prison officials may prohibit or limit a Muslim inmate from growing a beard, which many Muslims believe is required by their faith.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2014

Vatican synod on family highlights discord between church teachings and U.S. Catholics’ views

A Vatican synod on the family comes at a time when most American Catholics say they disagree with their church’s teachings on issues such as birth control and divorce.

Sep. 30, 2014

5 facts about Indian Americans

Even among Asian Americans, Indian Americans stand out as better educated, higher earning and more Democratic.

Fact Tank Sep. 25, 2014

National Congregations Study finds more church acceptance of gays and lesbians

A new survey of American religious congregations finds that in recent years, more churches have become welcoming to openly gay and lesbian couples.