On Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. EST, leading researchers will discuss a major new survey exploring a decade of change in American attitudes on LGBT-related issues and the impact of religion and culture on those attitudes. The study, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, will be released amid the backdrop of rising support for legal rights for LGBT Americans and prominent legal battles over same-sex marriage in Utah and Virginia that could land at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The survey explores how American attitudes on a range of LGBT issues have changed since 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry under the state’s constitution and when only 32 percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage. To date, same-sex marriage is now legal in 17 states plus the District of Columbia, and a majority of the public supports same-sex marriage.
The more than 4,500-respondent survey includes a significant number of self-identified LGBT Americans and was conducted between November 12 and December 18, 2013. The survey and accompanying report explore support for a range of policies related to LGBT rights; the role religion plays in attitudes toward LGBT people and policies; the role that church stances opposing same-sex marriage have played in religious disaffiliation among young people; attitudes about federal versus state policy solutions; and how support for policies and attitudes about HIV/AIDS differ depending on whether the context is the United States or developing countries.
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
Jennifer Kates, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
Clyde Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
10:00AM to 12:00PM EST
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.