Gay & Lesbian Issues
For Your Viewing Pleasure: Video of PRRI’s Survey Release Event for A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues[03.07.2014]
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, despite yet another snowy day in Washington DC, PRRI released its newest survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues, at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Watch the video now to see PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones present the findings, followed by comments about the survey by panelists Dr. Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and MSNBC, and Dr. Clyde Wilcox of Georgetown University. The event concludes with a stimulating audience Q&A. To read the complete survey, click here.
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.
Graphic of the Week examines Southern attitudes about same-sex marriage, including the morality of same-gender sexual relations, generational breaks, and its compatibility with religious beliefs.
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.
Pope Francis has indicated that while the Catholic Church continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Church may be able to support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. In America, the pontiff’s comments are likely to be welcomed by Catholics, as majorities of both white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent) support legalizing same-sex marriage.
In his latest for Sacred Matters, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox examines the role negative church teachings about, or treatment of, gay and lesbian people is playing in the decisions by roughly one-quarter (24 percent) of American Millennials (ages 18 to 34) to leave their childhood religions and to identify today as unaffiliated.
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.