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    Entries in Same Sex Marriage (8)


    Research Note | Beyond Secular vs. Religious: Religious Divides in Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    By Public Research Institute - Jan. 27, 2012

    In 2011, majorities of most religious groups favored allowing gay and lesbian couple to marry legally, illustrating that the old narrative of battle lines between secular supporters and religious opponents no longer serves as an accurate characterization of the landscape of the same-sex marriage debate. In the general population, 2011 was also the first year on record in which supporting same-sex marriage was not a minority position. In May, several surveys (all asking slightly different versions of the same question) found that a majority of the public supported allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. PRRI’s May survey found that 51% of Americans were in favor, and 43% were opposed.

    SS Marriage Religion e1327684593218 Research Note | Beyond Secular vs. Religious: Religious Divides in Support for Same Sex Marriage

    Five religious groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, compared to three groups who are opposed.

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    Iowa baker says no wedding cakes for gays on religious grounds

    United Press International - November 14, 2011

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 14 -- A lesbian couple in Iowa say they were taken aback when the baker they approached for their wedding cake declined on religious grounds.

    Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who are engaged to be married, went to Des Moines baker Victoria Childress last Thursday to discuss the cake they'd like for the wedding they're planning for next June. But Childress said she wouldn't take their order. [Read Full Story]

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    Orthodox rabbi marries gay couple in historic wedding in DC

    By Roee Ruttenberg, +972 - November 11, 2011

    For the first time in history, Steve Greenberg, an openly-gay American rabbi ordained by the Orthodox movement, has officiated at a same-sex wedding ceremony.

    On Thursday night at Washington DC’s “Historic 6th and I Synagogue,” Greenberg stood under the chupah, a traditional Jewish wedding canopy, as newlyweds Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan tied the knot before some two-hundred guests. Recognizing the unique – and controversial – moment, Greenberg’s voice notably cracked when near the end he stated, “By the power invested in me by the District of Columbia, I now pronounce you married.” [Read Full Story]


    Gay marriage, religion issues in NY clerk race

    By Michael Hill, The Associated Press - October 24, 2011

    Longtime town clerk Rose Marie Belforti handles building permits, hunting licenses and government records for people in this farm-heavy Finger Lakes community.

    Marriage licenses are a different story, because of her faith.

    Shortly after New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer, Belforti told town board members her Christian beliefs preclude her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Lauren Long, The Post-Standard


    Gay Marriage Divides Evangelicals Along Generation Gap

    By Bruce Nolan, Religion News Service - September 7, 2011

    It's not news that young people are more liberal on issues like same-sex marriage, but a new poll charts just how deeply that split has been carved into the white evangelical community, one of the most socially conservative groups on the American religious landscape.

    The poll, released in late August by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute, found that nearly half (44 percent) of young evangelicals between the ages of 18 to 29 favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry. [Read Full Story]

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