Advisor

Lindsey Wilkinson

Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 74 p.)

Subjects

Same-sex marriage -- United States -- Public opinion, Ethnic attitudes -- United States, Minorities -- United States -- Attitudes

DOI

10.15760/etd.242

Abstract

Recent political and cultural trends have led to an evaluation of the meaning of marriage within American society, and especially marriage as it concerns couples of the same sex. However, little research has been done to find out how attitudes toward same-sex marriage might vary according to race and ethnicity. Drawing on data from the 2004 National Politics Study, the author investigates same-sex marriage attitudes and tests hypotheses concerning the attitudes of various American race-ethnic groups. This study employs multinomial logistic regression analysis to compare attitudes of African Americans, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites. Results indicate that even when socio demographic factors such as education and gender are controlled for, ethnic groups still differ in their attitudes toward this topic. Analyses also indicate that the relationship between race/ethnicity and attitudes toward same-sex unions does not vary by gender and that foreign birth explains the relationship between Hispanic ethnicity and attitudes toward same-sex marriage.

Description

Portland State University. Dept. of Sociology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/7005

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