Justice & the Courts
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!
Today’s Buzz covers same-sex marriage and LGBT rights changes across the country, as well as efforts in more states to legalize marijuana for legal use.
PRRI’s latest research, the 2014 LGBT Issues and Trends Survey, shows support for same-sex marriage jumped 21 percentage points from 2003 – when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage – to 2013. Currently, a majority (53 percent) of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 41 percent who oppose. In 2003, less than one-third (32 percent) of Americans supported allowing gays and… more
Today’s Buzz highlights the great coverage of PRRI’s latest report, as well as a series of news stories related to LGBT rights!
Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that “state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” but added that the ban on same-sex marriage would remain in place until an appeals court can rule on the case. How will Texans react? PRRI’s A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues provides some insight.
Today’s Morning Buzz covers continued controversy surrounding same-sex marriage, a major scale-down of the U.S. Army, and the death of the oldest known survivor of the Holocaust.
A decade after 62 percent of Ohio voters supported a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage, public opinion has undergone a significant shift. The issue of same-sex marriage divides Ohio voters right down the middle: 47 percent of Ohio voters favor allowing gay and lesbian people to marry, while just as many (47 percent) oppose the policy.
Today’s Buzz covers Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plans to veto a school prayer bill, Oregon’s attorney general’s announcement that the state will not defend its ban on same-sex marriage, and a state-by-state map of sales tax rates!
Today’s Buzz covers a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state, the historically inaccurate inclusion of camels in Genesis, and new efforts to address economic inequality.
Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits.