|Same-Sex Marriage Debate Continues Across U.S. |
State laws and referendums on same-sex marriage continue to make headlines across the country. A law in Washington State legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect June 7, but opponents are collecting signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to overturn the law, according to the Associated Press. Maryland legalized same-sex marriage in February, and the law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2013. But opponents in Maryland say they have gathered enough signatures to put a referendum challenging the law on the November ballot, the Washington Post reported. Meanwhile, voters in North Carolina on May 8 approved an amendment to their state constitution banning same-sex marriage, as Reuters reported. A similar state constitutional ban will be on the ballot in Minnesota in November, CNN reported.
Explore Pew Forum resources on the same-sex marriage debate, including a series of graphics that shows how public opinion on gay marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001.
|MAY 30 - THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR|
An article on the GOP's efforts to garner support for Mitt Romney from a broad spectrum of religious voters cites several Pew Research Center reports. One of the reports cited
found that the percentage of Jewish voters who identify with or lean toward the Republican party increased from 20% in 2008 to 29% in 2011.
|MAY 25 - RELIGION NEWS SERVICE|
A Religion News Service article on religious organizations' involvement in politics cites a recent Pew Forum survey
. The survey found that slightly more than half of the public (54%) says that churches should keep out of politics, compared with 40% who say religious institutions should express their views on social and political matters.
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