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

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Overview

"Why is it so much harder for American same-sex couples to get married than it is for them to adopt children? 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 Politics explains 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 movement's achievements depend both on Americans' perceptions of its demands and on the political venue in which the conflict plays out.
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"The book would be of potential interest to anyone interested in how contextual factors affect tjhe success of a social movement. . . . [It] not only giives readers a thorough overview of U.S. gay and lexbian rights politics, but it also improves our understanding of the role of public opnion and political context in policy making process."

— Katrin Uba

Mobilization - Katrin Uba

"The book would be of potential interest to anyone interested in how contextual factors affect tjhe success of a social movement. . . . [It] not only giives readers a thorough overview of U.S. gay and lexbian rights politics, but it also improves our understanding of the role of public opnion and political context in policy making process."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226544090
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Chicago Studies in American Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,445,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Mucciaroni is professor of political science at Temple University and a coauthor of Deliberative Choices, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Issues, Institutions, and Threats 1

Ch. 2 Defining the Threats from Gay Rights 48

Ch. 3 Advocating Gay Rights 91

Ch. 4 Legalizing Homosexual Conduct 114

Ch. 5 Adoption 144

Ch. 6 Military Service 174

Ch. 7 Marriage, Civil Rights, and Hate Crimes 205

Ch. 8 Conclusion 240

Notes 277

Bibliography 313

Index 367

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