Gay Marriage

The 2003 ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allowing gay marriage in that commonwealth triggered a broad national debate over gay marriage and civil unions. The American religious community remains deeply divided over issues such as a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, the ordination of gay clergy and related topics.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project provides a variety of resources that probe the relationship between religion and public policy on gay marriage and related issues, including reports, polling data, transcripts of its events and the latest news compiled from media nationwide.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project polling shows that religious affiliation is a factor in opposition to gay marriage.  Of course, public attitudes vary state by state; the project offers a resource page that tracks current laws and proposals to change marriage laws in the states. The project delivers timely, impartial information to national, state and local opinion leaders, including government officials and journalists.

The project does not take positions in policy debates. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a Pew subsidiary and a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, D.C., that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

For more information on the gay marriage debate, visit the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.


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