Portland State University. Department of Sociology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology
1 online resource (iv, 74 p.)
Same-sex marriage -- United States -- Public opinion, Ethnic attitudes -- United States, Minorities -- United States -- Attitudes
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.
Plesa, Claudia, "Race, Ethnicity and Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Unions in the United States" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 242.