Trends in Attitudes Toward Religion and Social Issues: 1987-2007
As the ’08 elections approach, what are the views of Republicans, Democrats and the general public on “social values” issues? And how have they changed over time?
Democrats Address Gay Community
On Thursday night six Democratic presidential candidates came together for a debate on issues important to the gay community. Candidates took on issues from gay marriage to “don’t ask don’t tell” and addressed a party whose rank-and-file hold ambivalent positions on some issues of concern to gays.
Same-Sex Marriage: Redefining Legal Unions Around the World
In many countries around the globe, gay and lesbian couples are seeking the right to marry or enter into other legally recognized forms of domestic partnerships. The legal definition of marriage is in flux, particularly in the developed world.
Civil Unions Spread, But Gays Want to Wed
New Hampshire today became the fourth state in the nation (joining Vermont, Connecticut and New Jersey) to enact a same-sex civil union law, but gay activists continue to press for so-called marriage equality.
Four-in-Ten Americans Have Close Friends or Relatives Who are Gay
A new survey also finds that those with homosexual or lesbian relatives or friends are more likely to accept gay marriage and oppose the firing of gay teachers.
The Culture War and the Coming Election
No hot-button issue currently dominates in the presidential campaigns, but court decisions and other events could change that quickly.
Gay Marriage Ripe for Court Decisions in Three States
A Stateline.org backgrounder examines the issue of gay marriage three years after a historic Massachusetts court ruling legalized same-sex marriage in the state. All eyes are now on the highest courts in California, Connecticut and Maryland, where decisions on the constitutionality of gay marriage are likely this year.
Same-Sex Marriage in California: Legal and Political Prospects
Experts debate a pending state Supreme Court decision and the larger societal issues involved.
Wedge Issues on the Ballot
Democratic leaders, impressed by the purported success of GOP-backed ballot initiatives to ban same sex marriage in the 2004 election are pushing their own wedge initiatives to increase the minimum wage. But are such ballot measures really as potent as claimed?
A Barometer of Modern Morals
Cheating on your taxes, cheating on your spouse and other questions of right and wrong