Religion Dec. 7, 2012

Gay Marriage and Public Opinion

The Supreme Court decided Friday to review two same-sex marriage cases. Our research package examines public opinion and religious groups’ views on the issue over time, as well as legal angles.

U.S. Politics Nov. 9, 2012

Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist

While support for gay marriage is on the rise nationwide, there are wide regional differences in the level of support, which is strongest in New England and weakest in the South.

Religion Nov. 7, 2012

The Gay Marriage Debate: Where It Stands

In recent years, the debate over same-sex marriage has grown from an issue that occasionally arose in a few states to a nationwide controversy. A special report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life describes the various dimensions of the controversy.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2012

Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. A new report finds that support for same-sex marriage among Democrats has jumped from 50% in 2008 to 65% today.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2012

Changing Views of Gay Marriage: A Deeper Analysis

President Obama’s recent expression of support for same-sex marriage has highlighted long-term changes in opinion on the issue.

U.S. Politics May. 15, 2012

Obama Support for Gay Marriage Public’s Top Story

President Obama’s expression of support for same-sex marriage proved to be the public’s top news story last week.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2012

Half Say View of Obama Not Affected by Gay Marriage Decision

Roughly half of Americans (52%) say Barack Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage did not affect their opinion of the president.

U.S. Politics Apr. 25, 2012

More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008 or 2004

Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns. On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal.

U.S. Politics Apr. 16, 2012

Gay Marriage: The Electorate Changes, and Politics Follow

In the 2004 elections, analysts believed that proposed state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage increased the turnout of socially conservative voters in as many as 11 states. But since then, many Americans have changed their minds, and a whole new generation has come of age with a different point of view on this issue.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Growing Public Support for Same-Sex Marriage

As courts and legislatures address the question of whether same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, public support for gay marriage continues to grow.