Report | Oct 6, 2010
Support For Same-Sex Marriage Edges Upward

Overview Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year. In two polls conducted over the past few months, based on interviews with more than 6,000 adults, 42% favor same-sex marriage while 48% are opposed. In polls conducted in 2009, 37% favored […]

Report | Oct 6, 2010
Gay Marriage Gains More Acceptance

For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half oppose same-sex marriage, though, support (42%) remains below opposition (48%). The shift in favor of gay marriage has been broad-based, occurring across many demographic, political and religious groups.

Report | Oct 6, 2010
Support For Same-Sex Marriage Edges Upward

In This Report: Persistent Generational Divide Partisan and Ideological Differences Race and Gender Gaps White Catholics More Supportive Same-Sex Marriage and the 2010 Vote Gays in the Military About the Surveys Detailed tables (120 KB PDF) Full report (260 KB PDF) In this research package Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. An overview of the gay […]

Report | Sep 17, 2010
Few Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views

Many Americans continue to say their religious beliefs have been highly influential in shaping their views about social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage. But far fewer cite religion as a top influence on their opinions about several other social and political issues, including how the government should deal with immigration, the environment and poverty. […]

Report | Aug 12, 2010
A Ruling on Same-sex Marriage Galvanizes Bloggers

A judge’s decision to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage became a reason to celebrate for many bloggers last week. Others rallied behind the website WikiLeaks, following its release of secret information about the war in Afghanistan. On Twitter, the decision by 40 wealthy Americans to donate money to charity drew the most attention. And on YouTube, an Alabama crime stopper became a web sensation.

Report | Aug 4, 2010
Federal Court Strikes Down California Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal district court judge struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, ruling that the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which is expected to be appealed, represents the first time a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Report | Aug 4, 2010
Federal Court Strikes Down Calif. Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal district court judge today struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, ruling that the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which is expected to be appealed, represents the first time a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry. In his ruling, District Court […]

Report | Jun 3, 2010
Tensions Between Rights of Conscience and Civil Rights

Should doctors, pharmacists and other health care workers have the right to refuse to provide services that conflict with their religious beliefs? Until recently, the debate over “conscience protections” for health care workers centered largely on abortion and birth control. But in the past few years, new cases have emerged that have expanded the debate […]

Report | Oct 9, 2009
Majority Continues to Support Civil Unions

Overview A clear majority of Americans (57%) favors allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples, a status commonly known as civil unions. This finding marks a slight uptick in support for civil unions and appears to continue […]

Report | Oct 9, 2009
Majority Continues To Support Civil Unions

A clear majority of Americans (57%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples, a status commonly known as civil unions. This finding marks a slight uptick in support for civil unions and appears to continue a […]

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