Worldwide, most of the countries that allow gay marriage are in Western Europe. In the Americas, five countries have legalized gay marriage.
Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions
More than 18 years after the Netherlands became the world’s first country to allow same-sex marriage, Austria became the latest European nation to legalize the practice.
5 facts about same-sex marriage
The share of Americans who favor same sex marriage has grown in recent years, though there are still demographic and partisan divides.
Bisexual adults are far less likely than gay men and lesbians to be ‘out’ to the people in their lives
Only 19% of those who identify as bisexual say all or most of the important people in their lives are aware of their sexual orientation.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans are more critical of churches than straight adults are
About seven-in-ten LGB adults said churches and other religious organizations focus too much on rules, compared with half of straight adults.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans are less religious than straight adults by traditional measures
Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are substantially less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group or to attend religious services weekly.
Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, but Divisions Persist
A majority of Americans (61%) favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while about half as many (31%) oppose same-sex marriage. Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over legal marriage for gays and lesbians – though support has increased significantly in both parties over the past 15 years.
Rift over gay rights comes as United Methodists in U.S. have become more accepting of homosexuality
The church is one of the few major mainline Protestant denominations in the country that currently does not sanction same-sex marriage.
In EU, there’s an East-West divide over religious minorities, gay marriage, national identity
In the EU, Central and Eastern Europeans differ from Western Europeans in their views on certain issues, including religious minorities and gay marriage.
Where the public stands on key issues that could come before the Supreme Court
Ahead of the Senate’s deliberations over Kavanaugh, here’s a look at where the public stands on some of the major legal, political and social issues that could come before the Supreme Court in the years ahead.
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