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.
Pablo Pantoja, the RNC’s State Director of Florida Outreach, wrote an open letter announcing that he is switching his political allegiances to the Democrats in the wake of the Heritage Foundation’s recent report on immigration reform, co-authored by a researcher who had previously suggested that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs.
A Texas judge ruled that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can carry banners emblazoned with Bible verses before football games. More than three-quarters (76%) of Americans also agree that public high schools should be allowed to sponsor prayer before football games.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee takes to the pages of the New York Times to explain why he supports his state’s Marriage Equality Act. With the passage of this new legislation, New England has become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states have legalized gay marriage.
NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay yesterday, making him the first active openly gay athlete in professional sports. More than one-third of Americans say that more gay and lesbian people coming out is a good thing for society, nearly half say it makes no difference, and less than 1-in-5 say it is a bad thing for society.
The Vegetarian Caucus on Capitol Hill is rapidly expanding. Less than 1-in-10 (6%) Americans say they personally are vegetarian, although 38% have a close friend or family member who is vegetarian.
If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support?
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.
Women in Israel are continuing to struggle against ultra-Orthodox restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall, although a deal may be in sight. The dispute has inspired a great deal of negative attention from the American Jewish community, who tend to sympathize with the women, rather than the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. A majority (53%) of American Jews agree that ultra-Orthodox control of life in Israel is a major problem. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!)
In the wake of last week’s tragic bombings in Boston, some are now wondering whether there will be a backlash against Muslims in the United States. Less than half of Americans say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims.