Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights by Ian Ayres, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Ian Ayers | | 9780691121345 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights

Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights

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by Ian Ayres, Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Ian Ayers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691121346

ISBN-13: 9780691121345

Pub. Date: 04/18/2005

Publisher: Princeton University Press

What can straight people do to support gay rights? How much work or sacrifice must allies take on to do their share? Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown--law professors, activists, husband and wife--propose practical strategies for helping straight men and women advocate for and with the gay community.

Straightforward advances a thesis that is at once simple and

Overview

What can straight people do to support gay rights? How much work or sacrifice must allies take on to do their share? Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown--law professors, activists, husband and wife--propose practical strategies for helping straight men and women advocate for and with the gay community.

Straightforward advances a thesis that is at once simple and groundbreaking: to make real progress at the central flashpoints of controversy--marriage rights, employment discrimination, gays in the military, exclusion from the Boy Scouts, and religious controversies over homosexuality--straight as well as gay people need to speak up and act for equality. Ayres and Brown take aim at both the hearts and minds of the general public, focusing on strategies that can change the incentives and therefore the behavior of the recalcitrant.

The book is peppered with stories about real people and the decisions they have faced at home, in church, at work, in school, and in politics. It is also filled with creative legal and economic strategies for influencing public and corporate decision-making. For example, Ayres and Brown propose the development of a "fair employment mark" to help companies advertise inclusive employment policies. They also show how a simple pledge to vacation in states that legalize gay marriage can create powerful incentives for legislatures to amend their marriage laws.

Engagingly written and sure to spark debate, Straightforward promises to change the way America thinks about--and participates in--the gay rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691121345
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1: Heterosexual Allies and the Gay Rights Movement 1

Part I. Exercising Privilege

Chapter 2: Parenting, Parishes, PTAs, and Places of Employment 17

Chapter 3: The Vacation Pledge for Equal Marriage Rights 60

Chapter 4: The Fair Employment Mark 79

Part II. Disabling Privilege

Chapter 5: Ambiguation 97

Chapter 6: The Inclusive Command: Voluntary Integration of the U.S. Military 116

Part III. Renouncing Privilege

Chapter 7: Boy Scouts of America The Informed Association Statute 145

Chapter 8: Renounce or Share? 162

Chapter 9: Working with Advocating Gay Rights Organizations 178

Notes 195

Index 237

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