Gay & Lesbian Issues

The Catholic Clash: How Social Issues Divide Clergy and Congregants

[10.15.2014]

After liberal language is used in a synod report, Catholic conservatives bit back. But how do congregant values stack up against institutional outlook?

In The Atlantic | Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping?

[10.02.2014]

Today, The Atlantic features an article by PRRI’s CEO Robert P. Jones and Research Director Daniel Cox, who push back against speculations, based on a single recent poll from Pew, that support for same-sex marriage is declining. They give four reasons why dips in support for same-sex marriage in individual polls do not indicate a reversal of the current trend.

PRRI in the New York Times | Social Worker Spreads a Message of Acceptance to Mormons with Gay Children

[09.15.2014]

A recent New York Times article on growing acceptance of the gay community within Mormonism features PRRI data from our 2014 LGBT survey.

Churches They Are a Changin’: Americans’ Attitudes Toward Same-sex Marriage Are Transforming the Face of Congregations

[09.12.2014]

A new study released by Duke University finds that churches are increasingly welcoming gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships to their congregations. These findings underscore PRRI data that indicate religious groups have seen an astonishing shift in perspectives on same-sex marriage in the past decade.

Target’s Support for Same-sex Marriage Mirrors Customers’ Views

[08.07.2014]

Target’s endorsement of same-sex marriage won’t alienate customers, but Walmart could see more of a backlash from shoppers should the big-box store follow its competitor’s lead.

Anti-Gay and -Lesbian Bullying and Discrimination

[03.25.2014]

Today, most Americans (68 percent) believe that gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination in the United States. For many younger gay and lesbian people, discrimination often comes in the form of bullying, which has prompted a national discussion about anti-gay attitudes toward and bullying of gay and lesbian youth. Today, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that bullying of gay and lesbian teenagers is a major problem in schools.

VIDEO: MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart talks about Gay Marriage in the South using PRRI Data

[03.20.2014]

While filling in for Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC earlier this week, Jonathan Capehart discussed rapidly evolving views on same-sex marriage in the South. In the segment, Capehart points to PRRI data that demonstrates the dramatic shift in attitudes about same-sex marriage in the South over the past ten years. In 2003, 23 percent of Southerners supported same-sex marriage; in 2013 that number jumped to 48 percent.

Pope Francis Marks One Year in the Vatican

[03.14.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the pontiff’s first year in the Vatican, the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ vote to repeal the state’s death penalty, and a new poll showing most Americans don’t see global warming as a threat.

A Year in the Life of Pope Francis I

[03.13.2014]

Today marks one year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Here’s a look back at some of Pope Francis’s most memorable moments during his first year in the Vatican.

How do Church Stances on LGBT Issues Affect Americans’ Decisions to Leave Religion?

[03.13.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the cost of passing on health insurance, a new and controversial statue of “Homeless Jesus,” and Thomas Edsall’s use of PRRI data in his latest for The New York Times.