A Pew Forum research package provides an overview of the same-sex marriage debate and examines public opinion and religious groups' views on the issue as well as exploring the legal angles.
ANALYSIS December 2012Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.
Across the U.S., a fierce debate is taking place between those who hope all gays and lesbians will soon have the right to marry and those who believe that same-sex marriage is helping to undermine heterosexual marriage. Read about the history and current status of the same-sex marriage debate.
ANALYSIS February 2013Gay Marriage Around the World
A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions.
GRAPHIC November 2012Slideshow: Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage
A new series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed over the last decade according to Pew Research Center polls. See how much opinion varies among different generations, religious groups and political parties.
LEGAL REPORT December 2012Same-Sex Marriage in the Courts
The U.S. Supreme Court stepped squarely into the same-sex marriage debate when it agreed on Dec. 7, 2012, to review two important lower court decisions involving gay marriage. Find out what that may mean for the future of same-sex marriage in the U.S.
GRAPHIC December 2012Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State
Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage following a ruling by the state's highest court in 2003. To date, courts, legislatures and voters in nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, while 30 states have amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage. View a map that shows each state’s current policy on same-sex marriage.