Justice & the Courts

Influential GOP Members Come out to Support Same-sex Marriage

[03.05.2014]

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!

National Media Continues to Cover Findings of PRRI LGBT Survey

[02.28.2014]

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.

A Decade of Change on Same-sex Marriage

[02.27.2014]

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 […]

The Morning Buzz: #LGBT10 Edition

[02.27.2014]

Today’s Buzz highlights the great coverage of PRRI’s latest report, as well as a series of news stories related to LGBT rights!

As Judge Overturns ban, new PRRI Survey Sheds Light on Texans’ Views on Same-Sex Marriage

[02.26.2014]

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.

Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Use Controversial Research to Make Case for Michigan Ban

[02.25.2014]

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.

Same-sex Marriage Advocates in Ohio Face Uphill Climb in 2014

[02.24.2014]

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.

Oregon Will Not Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

[02.21.2014]

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!

Washington State Governor Issues Moratorium on Death Penalty

[02.12.2014]

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.

Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

[02.11.2014]

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.