Poll: Birth-Control Coverage Popular

A new New York Times/CBS News poll released Wednesday has found that a majority of Americans support some legal recognition for gay couples and also think an employer should cover contraception for women—even if her employer is a religious institution. Despite the recent high-stakes debate raged last week by conservatives about the government’s insistence that employers—even religious institutions—pay for birth control, the results of the poll suggested that many did not put this issue high up on their agenda. As argued by Andrew Sullivan in this week’s Newsweek, a majority of Catholics—59 percent—support religiously affiliated employers’ covering contraceptives, and 65 percent of Americans overall back the Obama administration’s requirement that health insurance plans cover birth control.