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 […]

feature | Jul 9, 2009

State Policies on Same-Sex Marriage

On Nov. 18, 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage following a ruling by the state’s highest court. In the years since the Massachusetts decision, five additional states have legalized gay marriage, and 29 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage.

report | Jul 9, 2009

Gay Marriage Around the World

Navigate this Report: Countries That Allow Gay Marriage The Netherlands Belgium Spain Canada South Africa Norway Sweden Looking Ahead Countries That Ban Gay Marriage Registered Partnerships and Other Legal Arrangements In many countries around the globe, the institution of marriage is in flux as governments consider whether to allow gay and lesbian couples the right […]

report | Jul 9, 2009

Public Opinion on Gay Marriage: Opponents Consistently Outnumber Supporters

Navigate this Report: Public Opinion on Gay Marriage Differences by Political Affiliation Differences by Age Differences by Religious Characteristics Public Opinion on Same-Sex Civil Unions Public Opinion on Adoption by Same-Sex Couples Public Opinion on Gay Marriage RELATED CONTENT For more recent public opinion data on same-sex marriage, strategies to legalize it, civil unions and […]

report | Jul 9, 2009

The Constitutional Dimensions of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

In this research package Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Slideshow: Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. Gay Marriage and the Law Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Gay Marriage Gay Marriage Around the World Graphic: State Policies on Same-Sex Marriage Q&A: Gay Marriage and the Free Exercise of Religion On […]

report | Jul 9, 2009

A Contentious Debate: Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.

Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Slideshow: Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. Gay Marriage and the Law Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Gay Marriage Gay Marriage Around the World Graphic: State Policies on Same-Sex Marriage Q&A: Gay Marriage and the Free Exercise of Religion   In recent years, the […]

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