Although the results of our first two studies suggested that the relationship between religiosity and opposition to same-sex marriage was explained in part by sexual prejudice rather than ingroup bias, specific mechanisms remained somewhat obscure. A couple of months ago, the debate over same sex marriage was about same sex marriage and, to some extent, the best mechanism for determining whether Australia should change the law to allow it. Australia does not yet recognise same-sex marriages — not even those marriages recognised in their countries of origin. Associated Data Supplementary Materials Supplementary material. In this case, however, we employed a measure of opposition to social rather than economic equality. Americans United for Separation of Church and State argue that by defining marriage as an opposite-sex institution, the state infringes upon the constitutional right to freedom of religion.
Nevertheless, adjusting for sex and age did not meaningfully alter the results.
Same sex marriage, religious freedom and the law
Allowing each individual to determine according to his or her religious convictions which laws they will keep and which they will disregard raises the troubling spectre of a religious diverse society in which each individual is a law unto themselves. Results revealed that resistance to change was more important than opposition to equality in explaining religious opposition to same-sex marriage. Because previous research has demonstrated a robust connection between political conservatism and system justification Jost et al. For example, while the Vatican and most of the Roman Catholic hierarchy oppose same sex marriages, there are a few Catholic theologians who support gay marriages. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. If the question as to whether we should allow same sex marriage is to be resolved in the detail of these negotiations, then the whole matter should have been left to Parliament in the first place.
An Overview of Some Issues". Thai Theravada Buddhists over million membersbeing the more conservative wing of Buddhism are less supportive of gay rights and marriages. Retrieved 16 January Archived from the original on April 14, Archived from the original on March 13, Under current discrimination laws, which differ a little from State to State, religious organisations are given some exemptions from the operation of discrimination laws when it is necessary to do so to act in compliance with their religion.