Those interested in replicating the study should contact Dr. Becker for data and coding information.
What's Marriage (and Family) Got to Do with It? Support for Same-Sex Marriage, Legal Unions, and Gay and Lesbian Couples Raising Children†
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 4, pages 1007–1029, December 2012
How to Cite
Becker, A. B. (2012), What's Marriage (and Family) Got to Do with It? Support for Same-Sex Marriage, Legal Unions, and Gay and Lesbian Couples Raising Children. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 1007–1029. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00844.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2012
The current study extends research on public opinion toward gay civil rights by considering the impact of marital and family status and views on the purpose of marriage on support for same-sex marriage, legal unions, and gay and lesbian couples raising children.
Data from the 2007 Pew Research Center's Social Trends Report were analyzed using hierarchical ordinary least squares (OLS) regression. Models exploring both direct and interactive effects were constructed.
The results suggest that marital and family status play a role in influencing issue attitudes and that views on the purpose of marriage moderate the influence of conservative ideological and religious value predispositions on support for same-sex marriage, legal unions, and gay and lesbian couples raising children.
Implications of the findings and the changing demographics of marriage and family are discussed.