Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

ISBN-10: 0226720012
ISBN-13: 9780226720012
Edition: 2007
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Same-sex marriage emerged in 2004 as one of the hottest issues of the campaign season. But in a severe blow to gay rights advocates, all eleven states that had the issue on the ballot passed amendments banning the practice, and the subject soon dropped off the media's radar. This pattern of waxing and waning in the public eye has characterized the debate over same-sex marriage since 1996 and the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, court rulings and local legislatures have kept the issue alive in the political sphere, and conservatives and gay rights advocates have made the issue a key battlefield in the culture wars. "The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage" brings together an esteemed list of scholars to explore all facets of this heated issue, including the ideologies and strategies on both sides of the argument, the public's response, the use of the issue in political campaigns, and how same-sex marriage fits into the broad context of policy cycles and windows of political opportunity. With comprehensive coverage from a variety of different approaches, this volume will be a vital sourcebook for activists, politicians, and scholars alike.

Preface
Introduction: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage
Will the Courts Set Us Free? Reflections on the Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage
The Consequences of Marriage Policy for Same-Sex Couples' Well-Being
Same-Sex Marriage, GLBT Organizations, and the Lack of Spirited Political Engagement
Theological Perspectives on Gay Unions: The Uneasy Marriage of Religion and Politics
Religious Coalitions for and Against Gay Marriage: The Culture War Rages On
The Anti-Gay Marriage Movement
Framing the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage: Traditional Values Versus Equal Rights
If I Bend this Far I Will Break? Public Opinion About Same-Sex Marriage
Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election
The Presidency, Congress, and Same-Sex Marriage
'Til Death-or The Supreme Court-Do Us Part: Litigating Gay Marriage
The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage Versus the Politics of Gay Civil Rights: A Comparison of Public Opinion and State Voting Patterns
The United States in Comparative Context
List of Contributors
Index

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