Pew Research Center reports, data and interactive features on gay marriage and homosexuality, including public opinion, changing legal status and religious groups’ views.

Pew Research Center Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Voices: The Coming Out Experience

In the Pew Research Center’s survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, we asked respondents to describe how the process of telling people about their sexual orientation/gender identity has been for them personally.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2013

Americans less accepting of homosexuality than other westerners – religion may be one reason

In recent years, same-sex marriage has been legalized in some parts of the United States and in 15 countries worldwide, in part because of the public’s changing views about the subject and because of increasing acceptance of homosexuality. But these shifts aren’t universal. When the Pew Research Center surveyed the publics in 39 countries this […]

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Pew Research Center Jun. 12, 2013

Less Acceptance of Homosexuality in More Religious Countries

Explore the relationship between a country’s acceptance of homosexuality and its religiosity in this interactive.

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Pew Research Center Jun. 6, 2013

In your words: Views of same-sex marriage, homosexuality

A sampler of what our survey respondents said about issues related to same-sex marriage and homosexuality from our 2013 surveys that reflects the breadth of the public’s views on these topics.

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Religion Jun. 6, 2013

State Policies on Same-Sex Marriage

Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. To date, 12 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, while 30 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage. This map shows the change in each state’s policy over time.

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U.S. Politics Jun. 6, 2013

Changing Attitudes on Same Sex Marriage, Gay Friends and Family

As support for gay marriage continues to grow, 72% of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.”

Fact Tank Jun. 6, 2013

In your words: Views of same-sex marriage, homosexuality

In several nationwide surveys the Pew Research Center conducted in 2013, we gave respondents the opportunity to give their thoughts about issues related to same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

Fact Tank Jun. 4, 2013

A global snapshot of same-sex marriage

Around the world and in the United States, the pace of same-sex marriage legalization has picked up in recent years.

Religion Apr. 25, 2013

Rhode Island May Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 26-12, passed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s smallest state. Because the Senate made some technical changes to the bill, the measure must now go back to the Rhode Island House.

Pew Research Center Mar. 29, 2013

Yes, More Americans Favor Legalizing Gay Marriage, But Just How Many Do?

By Andrew Kohut Recent polling clearly shows that Americans are much more accepting of same-sex marriage than they were a decade ago. All of the major national polls now find more supporters than opponents of same-sex marriage. But there is no consensus in the polling as to just how many Americans now actually think that […]