Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States

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For decades, agitation by lesbians, gays, and other sexual minorities for political recognition has provoked a heated response among religious activists in both Canada and the United States. In this remarkable comparative study, expert authors explore the tenacity of anti-gay sentiment, as well as the dramatic shifts in public attitudes towards queer groups across all faith communities in both the United States and Canada. They conclude that, despite the ongoing conflict, religious adherence does not invariably ...

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Overview

For decades, agitation by lesbians, gays, and other sexual minorities for political recognition has provoked a heated response among religious activists in both Canada and the United States. In this remarkable comparative study, expert authors explore the tenacity of anti-gay sentiment, as well as the dramatic shifts in public attitudes towards queer groups across all faith communities in both the United States and Canada. They conclude that, despite the ongoing conflict, religious adherence does not invariably entail opposition to the political acknowledgment of queer rights.

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A most impressive book that makes invaluable contributions to a number of literatures. It should be read by all political scientists, as well as those interested in navigating their way through this contested terrain. Written by a team of impressive scholars and analysts, the volume is clear and engaging and helps us understand the dynamics of religion, sexuality, and politics in Canada and the United States. - Craig Rimmerman, author of The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774820103
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction

1. The Difference that a Border Makes: The Political Intersection of Sexuality and Religion in Canada and the United States / David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox

Public Opinion 2. Culture War? A Closer Look at the Role of Religion, Denomination, and Religiosity in US Public Opinion on Multiple Sexualities / Shauna L. Shames, Didi Kuo, and Katherine Levine 3. A Twenty-Year Survey of Canadian Attitudes towards Homosexuality and Gay Rights / Amy Langstaff

Evangelicals 4. "Civility without Compromise": Evangelical Attitudes towards Same-Sex Issues in Comparative Context / Samuel Reimer 5. The Pro-Family Movement in Canada and the United States: Institutional Histories and Barriers to Diffusion / Tina Fetner and Carrie B. Sanders 6. Evangelicals, the Christian Right, and Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: Simple and Complex Stories / Clyde Wilcox and Rentaro Iida 7. Liberal, with Conservative "Vibrations": African-American Protestants and the Struggle over Legal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Couples / Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox 8. Canadian Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage / Jonathan Malloy

Mainline Protestants 9. It’s All about Sex: The Roots of Opposition to Gay and Lesbian Marriages in Some Christian Churches / Pamela Dickey Young 10. Focusing, Framing, and Discerning: The United Church of Canada and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate / Roger Hutchinson 11. American Mainline Protestantism and Deliberation about Homosexuality / Laura R. Olson, Paul A. Djupe, and Wendy Cadge

Roman Catholicism 12. Catholicism, Homosexuality, and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States / Ted G. Jelen 13. Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec / Solange Lefebvre and Jean-François Breton

Non-Christian Responses 14. Paths from Emancipation: American Jews and Same-Sex Marriage / Kenneth D. Wald 15. Muslims and Sexual Diversity in North America / Momin Rahman and Amir Hussain

Political Parties 16. The Conservative Party of Canada and Its Religious Constituencies / David Rayside 17. The Politics of Marriage and American Party Politics: Evidence from the 2004 US Election / John C. Green

Rights Claiming 18. The Supreme Court of Canada’s Attempt to Reconcile Freedom of Religion and Sexual Orientation Equality in the Public Schools / Richard Moon 19. Law, Sexuality, and Morality in the United States / Jason Pierceson

Conclusion 20. Cross-Border Parallels at the Political Intersection of Sexuality and Religion / David Rayside

Appendices A Canadian Legal and Institutional Context B US Legal and Institutional Context

Notes References Contributors Index

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