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