Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage emerged as a topic of intense public debate in 1996 with the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act. While its prominence in the public eye has waxed and waned since then, court rulings and state 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 who 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.
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"Exhibiting the true interdisciplinarity necessary to fully understand this complex issue, the authors draw upon a wide array of methodologies--historical, psychological, legal, sociological, and theological, as well as more traditional political science methodologies. . . . When it comes to the history of efforts to gain same-sex marriage and the countermovement against it, this collection serves as a crucial addition to collections for use by students and scholars. . . . Highly recommended."
Kenneth Sherrill

"This original and wide-ranging volume collects all of the current mainstream scholarship by some of the finest minds in political science on the topic of same-sex marriage. Its broad scope and emphasis on public opinion and political processes should appeal to scholars of various disciplines interested in the issue of same-sex marriage and American politics."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226720012
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Rimmerman is professor of public policy studies and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. They are, with Kenneth Wald, coeditors of The Politics of Gay Rights, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Clyde Wilcox     ix
Introduction: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage   Mark Carl Rom     1
Will the Courts Set Us Free? Reflections on the Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage   John D'Emilio     39
The Consequences of Marriage Policy for Same-Sex Couples' Well-Being   Ellen D. B. Riggle   Sharon S. Rostosky     65
Same-Sex Marriage, GLBT Organizations, and the Lack of Spirited Political Engagement   Ronald G. Shaiko     85
Theological Perspectives on Gay Unions: The Uneasy Marriage of Religion and Politics   Kenneth D. Wald   Graham B. Glover     105
Religious Coalitions for and Against Gay Marriage: The Culture War Rages On   David C. Campbell   Carin Robinson     131
The Anti-Gay Marriage Movement   Sean Cahill     155
Framing the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage: Traditional Values Versus Equal Rights   Barry L. Tadlock   C. Ann Gordon   Elizabeth Popp     193
If I Bend this Far I Will Break? Public Opinion About Same-Sex Marriage   Clyde Wilcox   Paul R. Brewer   Shauna Shames   Celinda Lake     215
Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election   DeWayne L. Lucas     243
The Presidency, Congress, and Same-SexMarriage   Craig A. Rimmerman     273
'Til Death-or The Supreme Court-Do Us Part: Litigating Gay Marriage   Karen O'Connor   Alixandra B. Yanus     291
The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage Versus the Politics of Gay Civil Rights: A Comparison of Public Opinion and State Voting Patterns   Katie Lofton   Donald P. Haider-Markel     313
The United States in Comparative Context   David Rayside     341
List of Contributors     365
Index     371
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