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ReligionMarch 1, 2013

Obama Administration Weighs in on Gay Marriage Case

News outlets reported last night that the Obama administration has submitted a “friend-of-the-court” brief on the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban (Proposition 8), which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26.

ReligionFebruary 22, 2013

Obama Administration Weighs Intervention in Gay Marriage Case

News outlets are reporting that the Obama administration may submit a “friend-of-the-court” brief on the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban (Proposition 8), which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26.

ReligionFebruary 21, 2013

U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope

Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.

ReligionFebruary 14, 2013

Illinois Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote today on a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

ReligionFebruary 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.

ReligionFebruary 8, 2013

Gay Marriage Around the World

On Feb. 12, the French National Assembly is expected to pass a measure legalizing same-sex marriage. Although the bill still needs to win the approval of the French Senate and be signed by the president, it is expected to become law as soon as May 2013.

ReligionFebruary 1, 2013

The Contraception Mandate and Religious Liberty

On Feb. 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new rules that would exempt certain religious organizations from a new mandate to offer free contraception services to women employees.

ReligionDecember 18, 2012

The Global Religious Landscape

A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories estimates that 84% of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion is religiously affiliated.

ReligionDecember 14, 2012

America’s ’Mormon Moment’ is Over, and Public Opinion is Little Changed

Eight-in-ten Americans (82%) say they learned little or nothing about the Mormon religion during the presidential campaign. Three-in-ten Americans continue to consider the Mormon religion a non-Christian faith, though there appears to be some warming of attitudes toward Mormonism.

ReligionDecember 7, 2012

White Evangelical Voters Supported Romney

White evangelical Protestants voted as heavily for Republican candidate Mitt Romney as they did for the GOP candidates in 2008 and 2004, and they made up about the same share of the electorate as they did in the two previous elections.