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Race, Religion, and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage April 4, 2010

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Race, Religion, and Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage
Darren E. Sherkat, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Kylan Mattias de Vries, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Stacia Creek, Southern Illinois University CarbondaleObjective.

Race, religion and same sex marriage

We examine racial differences in support for same-sex marriage, and test whether the emerging black-white gap is a function of religiosity. We explore how religious factors play a crucial role in racial differences, and how secular factors have varying effects on attitudes for whites and African Americans.

Methods.

Using data from the General Social Surveys, we estimate ordinal logistic regression models and stacked structural equation models. Results. We show that the racial divide is a function of African Americans’ ties to sectarian Protestant religious denominations and high rates of church attendance. We also show racial differences in the influenceof education and political values on opposition to same sex marriage.

Conclusions.

Religious factors are a source of racial differences in support for same-sex marriage,and secular influences play less of a role in structuring African Americans’ beliefs about same-sex marriage.

The success of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 was a stunning blow to progress on marital equality for same-sex couples. In the wake of this renunciation of marriage rights established by a decision of the California Supreme Court, activists, pundits, and scholars have pondered various factors that may have contributed to the success of Proposition 8. Perhaps the most controversial explanation has been that African-American opposition to same-sex marriage combined with high voter turnout in the presidential election supporting Barack Obama sealed the passage of Proposition 8.

SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, Volume 91, Number 1, March 2010
by the Southwestern Social Science Association
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“Killing the Messenger”: Religious Black Gay Men’s Neutralization of Anti-Gay Religious Messages April 4, 2010

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“Killing the Messenger”: Religious Black Gay Men’s Neutralization of Anti-Gay Religious Messages

RICHARD N. PITT

Sociology Department Vanderbilt University

I use cognitive dissonance theory as a framework to examine coping strategies used by men endeavoring to maintain a coherent sense of themselves as gay Christians. Using interviews with black gay Christian men, I uncover a strategy used to maintain that identity in the face of stigmatizing religious rhetoric. While these men have managedto reconcile their religious and sexual identities, sermons delivered by church leaders disrupt that reconciliation, causing them to have to neutralize these anxiety-inducing attitudes.

This study shows that they focus accusations of illegitimacy on the speaker rather than the doctrine by denigrating the speakers’ knowledge, morality, focus,and motivations. In this way, they neutralize the sting of churches’ negative messages by neutralizing the moral authority of the churches’ messengers. These findings offer new insight into how parishioners persist in religious communities in which their sexual behaviors or identities are condemned.

INTRODUCTION

I stopped wrestling with [being gay and Christian] some years ago once I realized that I’m no different than anyone else except for who I have sex with. God loves me the same as He does everyone else, you know? If itwere to cross my mind, it usually happened when I heard a minister condemning those who are living this lifestyle and I’d wonder how they can preach love and forgiveness and have no compassion for those who are different.

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Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward LGBT April 3, 2010

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Sacred Rites and Civil Rights: Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward Same-Sex
Unions and the Perceived Cause of Homosexuality
As you might expect, those who believe that being gay is a choice are more likely to have  negative attitude.
Link to the entire publication religion and homosexuality

Medical Journal Lancet on Uganda “Kill the Gays” Bill January 24, 2010

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The highly respected medical journal, Lancet, recently published an article on the proposed legislation in Uganda.
Ugandan bill could hinder progress on HIV/AIDS
Health workers in Uganda are concerned that a draft bill to criminalise homosexuality will hamper efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in the country.
Zoe Alsop reports from Kampala.
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UgandaLancet

Arguments against Same Sex Marriage #1 November 15, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in A Biologist Speaks, LGBT, social.
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Today’s blog is an editorial. As I continue to explore both LGBT research and what is happening in our society, I think that the viewpoint of a biologist can be added to the debate. I speak only for myself. All statistics here are provided by the Guttmacher Institute and Center for Disease Control.

Marriage is for Procreation (more…)

“Born Again Is a Sexual Term”: Demons, STDs, and God’s Healing Sperm September 28, 2009

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While this article does not fit my criterion of being a scientific publication, I found it so unusual that I thought I would post it. (more…)

Resolving Internalized Homophobia From Religious Sources September 28, 2009

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I’m sorry that all I have is the abstract for this paper. I will try to get a copy. If anyone out there has access, please let me know.

“God Made Me Gay for a Reason”

Young Men Who Have Sex With Men’s Resiliency in Resolving Internalized Homophobia From Religious Sources (more…)