Understanding the complex influence of religiosity on the race gap in support for proposition 8

Ray Block, Richard Seltzer

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Abstract

We provide evidence from several surveys showing that religiosity can not only explain (mediate) but also influence (moderate) the relationship between a voter's race and/or ethnicity and her attitudes about Proposition 8 (California's Proposal to amend the state's constitution and ban same-sex marriage in 2008) and related issues. These findings advance our understanding of the complex and enduring role of the Black church as a socializing institution in African-American communities, and they speak to the need among proponents of same-sex unions to inform churchgoers about the socio-political implications of anti-gay and exclusionary policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-94
Number of pages11
JournalReview of European Studies
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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