Federal Court Strikes Down Calif. Same-Sex Marriage Ban
A federal district court judge struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage on Aug. 4, ruling that the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which is expected to be appealed, represents the first time a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Pew Forum has produced a brief analysis of the ruling and its possible impact. Go to the overview of the decision »
|Ramadan Begins Next Week
Ramadan, the holy month in Islam during which Muslims fast every day from sunrise until sunset, begins on or around Aug. 12 this year.
The Pew Forum's 2009 survey of religion in Africa found that more than nine-in-ten Muslims in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania report that they abstain from eating during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. Among the 19 countries surveyed, there are no countries with a significant Muslim population where this figure is below 69%.
Go to the report »
|Aug. 2 - USA Today|
Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding reflects mix of religions in USA
Cathy Lynn Grossman explores religiously mixed unions in light of the weekend's much-scrutinized nuptials of the famous bride and groom. The article cites the Pew Forum's 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
that found that 37% of Americans are married to someone of a different faith, including people married to someone from a different Protestant denominational family, such as a Methodist married to a Baptist.