Understanding the Complex Influence of Religiosity on the Race Gap in Support for Proposition 8

Ray Block Jr., Richard Seltzer


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.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/res.v4n4p84

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