Brian Powell

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It has been nearly a year since the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act put Indiana in the national spotlight and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its landmark case on same-sex marriage. The reactions to RFRA and the Supreme Court ruling reflect a turnaround in American public opinion that is “one of the […]

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A 2012 study by a University of Texas sociologist has been widely cited to argue that lesbians and gay men don’t make good parents. Now researchers at Indiana University and the University of Connecticut have reanalyzed the same data and reached a very different conclusion. The new study points to what the authors describe as […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing two cases that seek to overturn bans on gay marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, which seeks to overturn a California voter initiative that prohibited gay marriage, and Windsor v. United States, which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell has been surveying Americans’ views of […]


On marriage

May 23, 2012

It’s nearly June, the traditional time for weddings galore. But marriage—its legality, longevity, permutations, and failures—seems perennially in the news. Here are some recent views on love and marriage from different corners of the IU Bloomington campus: In an article for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Winter 2012), Constance Furey, a professor […]