Politics & Government
On its front page, The Atlantic features a piece by PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, “The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage,” which explores the growth in support for same-sex marriage in Dixieland. In the South overall, support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically during the past decade, from 22 percent in 2003 to 48 percent in 2013.
Today’s Buzz covers the morality-legality gap in views about pornography, the state of unemployment in America, and religious liberty in the workplace.
Today’s Buzz covers a new same-sex marriage case in Wyoming, public opinion on the issue of job protections for LGBT workers, and how many Americans believe AIDS might be God’s punishment for immoral sexual behavior.
The U.S. Senate’s passage last year of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, brought national attention to the issue of job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Interestingly, PRRI’s latest survey finds that even after the well-publicized vote, most Americans remain unaware that such employment protections don’t currently exist.
Today’s Buzz covers a new magazine about Pope Francis, along with the pontiff’s remarks that the Catholic Church may be able to support same-sex civil unions and a look at why Millennials are leaving religion.
Today’s Buzz covers some prominent Republicans coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, debates over legalizing marijuana in Georgia and California, and a look at a drive-in church in Florida!
Dick Cheney, Rob Portman, and the Role Family Members and Friends of LGBT Americans Play in the Same-sex Marriage Debate[03.04.2014]
Increasingly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of same-sex marriage in recent years. Most famously, in 2012 President Barack Obama told ABC News, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, both prominent Republicans, have notably defied their party’s stance on the issue to come out in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. For both, the issue is personal: Dick Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian, and Rob Portman’s son is gay.
Today’s Buzz covers GOP efforts to overhaul federal social programs, new research finding states with more atheists boast greater entrepreneurial activity, and Democrats’ efforts to reach out to white working-class men.
According to PRRI’s latest survey, support for same-sex marriage in America has risen by a full 21 points in the last decade, from 32 percent in 2003 to a full majority (53 percent) today. Which groups have led the way in affecting such a tidal wave of change in public opinion?