After political and legal battle in Texas, a state-by-state fight over abortion still ahead
The legal battle over Texas’ newly-enacted law putting restrictions on abortions is part of a scenarioplaying out around the country, as abortion opponents have pushed new restrictions through state legislatures and abortion-rights supporters have challenged them in court.
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say it’s important for Pope Francis to tackle Vatican reform
Most Catholics say reforming the Vatican is an important priority for Pope Francis.
5 facts about atheists
Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.
Supreme Court’s DOMA decision driving same-sex marriage efforts in states
Same-sex couples were able to get married in New Jersey starting today when a court order went into effect ordering the state to recognize them. Gay rights advocates have stepped up their efforts to end prohibitions on gay marriage in at least 20 states.
Eight facts about Orthodox Jews from the Pew Research survey
The Pew Research Center survey on U.S. Jews included more than 500 Orthodox Jewish respondents. Here are eight facts about the Orthodox.
Conservatives continue to oppose same-sex marriage but by smaller margins
Support for same-sex marriage has been growing in recent years, with half (50%) of Americans now in favor and 43% opposed.
5 facts about the hajj
The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.
A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings
A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.
Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood
Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.
‘You don’t have to be Jewish…’
A major new Pew Research Center survey of American Jews includes an analysis of the views and characteristics of non-Jewish people with a “Jewish affinity.”