Catholics heart same-sex marriage

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sacred heart.jpgA new study by Columbia political scientists Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips (h/t Robbie Jones),
forthcoming in the American Political Science Review ,
ranks states according to public support for same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Putting the rankings together with the 2008 Trinity ARIS survey reveals that six
of the eight states where 50 percent or more of the public supports gay marriage
are the states with the highest proportion of Catholics, ranging from Rhode
Island at 46 percent to New York and California at 37 percent. Meanwhile, the
eight states most opposed to gay marriage include six of the seven with the
lowest proportion of Catholics, from Alabama at six percent to North Carolina at
nine percent.

In other words, support for same-sex marriage is directly related to
the proportion of Catholics in a given state. Way to go, bishops!

  • SteveP

    Maybe the correlation is body mass index rather than Catholic population: RI-21.4%, NY-25.0%, CA-22.6%; AL-30.3, NC-28.8%. (
    Maybe the study is an answer in search of a question.

  • Mark Silk

    Steve is actually on to something. There’s some evidence that at least some of the correlation is regional–i.e. that Catholics in the South (where people are heavier) are more anti-gay marriage than Catholics in the Northeast. But that begs the question of why one region should differ from another, which brings us back to religion. (I.e. the South is dominated by evangelicals, the Northeast, by Catholics.)