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Same Sex, Different Politics Success and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights

ISBN-10: 0226544095
ISBN-13: 9780226544090
Edition: 2008
Authors: Gary Mucciaroni
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Why, for American same-sex couples, is it so much easier to adopt children than it is to get married? And why does our military prevent gays from serving openly even though jurisdictions nationwide continue to render such discrimination illegal? Illuminating the conditions that engender these contradictory policies,Same Sex, Different Politicsexplains why gay rights advocates have achieved dramatically different levels of success from one policy area to another. The first book to compare results across a wide range of gay rights struggles, this volume explores debates over laws governing military service, homosexual conduct, adoption, marriage and partner recognition, hate crimes, and civil rights. It reveals that in each area, the gay rights movement7;s achievements depend both on Americans7; perceptions of its demands and on the political venue in which the conflict plays out. Adoption policy, for example, generally takes shape in a decentralized system of courts that enables couples to target sympathetic judges, while fights for gay marriage generally culminate in legislation or ballot referenda against which it is easier to mount opposition. Brilliantly synthesizing all the factors that contribute to each kind of outcome,Same Sex, Different Politicsestablishes a new framework for understanding the trajectory of a movement.

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