Gay & Lesbian Issues
Why have civil unions lost momentum? At the Monkey Cage, Dr. Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox explore shifts in public opinion on civil unions over the past decade.
If Rhode Island legalizes gay marriage, it will make New England the first region where all states have legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
After months of contentious debate, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) seem poised to strike down their long-standing ban on openly gay scouts, although they will continue to prohibit gay adults from serving as leaders. Two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society.
Findings from the PRRI/Brookings Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey were recently featured at the New York Times’ 538 blog, in a post about changing perspectives on same-sex marriage.
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two cases related to same-sex marriage, recent surveys have shown yawning generational divisions between younger and older Americans on this issue. A recent survey conducted by PRRI and the Brookings Institution finds that this generational gap persists among important religious groups.
This week’s graphic illustrates a striking generation gap on same-sex marriage which crosses party lines.
This weekend, Dr. Robert P. Jones was featured on State of Belief radio, speaking to host Welton Gaddy about findings from PRRI’s new survey on religion, values, and immigration reform.
Late last week, GOP Sen. Rob Portman shocked commentators and fellow politicians by reversing his position on same-sex marriage, saying that his decision was inspired by his son, who is gay. In his latest for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones shows that this “family and friends effect” is quite potent when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage.
Later this month, the Supreme Court will take up two important cases related to same-sex marriage. As this week’s graphic shows, there are religious groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.
Less than a week before President Obama addresses Congress in his fourth State of the Union speech, our weekly graphic shows a divided nation on many of the issues that Obama is likely to address.