Same-Sex Marriage, Legal Mobilization, and the Politics of Rights (Teaching Texts in Law and Politics Series Vol. 17)

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The civil rights of lesbians and gay men are a prominent issue on the public agenda today, and one of the most contentious debates is the recognition of same-sex relationships. Same-sex marriage is being addressed in legislatures and courts throughout the world. This book highlights the legal and political battles of same-sex marriages in the United States. In addition, a survey of the status of gay relationships in other countries is outlined in order to compare these claims for equal rights in various political...
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Overview

The civil rights of lesbians and gay men are a prominent issue on the public agenda today, and one of the most contentious debates is the recognition of same-sex relationships. Same-sex marriage is being addressed in legislatures and courts throughout the world. This book highlights the legal and political battles of same-sex marriages in the United States. In addition, a survey of the status of gay relationships in other countries is outlined in order to compare these claims for equal rights in various political and social contexts. The movement to recognize gay and lesbian relationships demonstrates that law and conceptions of rights are important political resources for creating social change.
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The attempts by the American gay and lesbian community to sponsor laws that recognize same-sex relationships, if not marriage, and the fervent opposition and bills that have met these efforts are discussed in detached, smoothly composed prose by Dupuis. He discusses as well the link between laws and social change and comparative perspectives from laws passed in European countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Law and Social Change 1
1 Law and Rights Discourse in the Gay and Lesbian Social Movement in the United States 13
2 The History of Judicial Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage 33
3 Judicial Acceptance of Same-Sex Marriage 49
4 The Political Response to the Courts 71
5 Vermont's Supreme Court Grants Benefits of Marriage 99
6 Comparative Perspectives on the Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships 121
7 Conclusion 155
Bibliography 177
Index 195
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