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Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada / Edition 1
     

Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada / Edition 1

by Miriam Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0415806518

ISBN-13: 9780415806510

Pub. Date: 05/06/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Lesbian and gay citizens today enjoy a much broader array of rights and obligations and a greater ability to live their lives openly in both the U.S. and Canada. However, while human rights protections have been exponentially expanded in Canada over the last twenty years, even basic protections in areas such as employment discrimination are still unavailable to

Overview

Lesbian and gay citizens today enjoy a much broader array of rights and obligations and a greater ability to live their lives openly in both the U.S. and Canada. However, while human rights protections have been exponentially expanded in Canada over the last twenty years, even basic protections in areas such as employment discrimination are still unavailable to many in the United States. This book examines why these similar societies have produced such divergent policy outcomes, focusing on how differences between the political institutions of the U.S. and Canada have shaped the terrain of social movement and counter-movement mobilization. It analyzes cross-national variance in public policies toward lesbians and gay men, especially in the areas of the decriminalization of sodomy, the passage of anti-discrimination laws, and the enactment of measures to recognize same-sex relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415806510
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/06/2009
Series:
Routledge Studies in North American Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
830,566
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
The Comparative Politics of Lesbian and Gay Rights     1
Starting Points, 1969-1980     31
Bowers and the Charter, 1980-1986     58
Discrimination, From Romer to Vriend, 1986-2000     77
The Emergence of Same-Sex Marriage, 1991-1999     109
Policy Divergence and Policy Diffusion: Same-Sex Marriage in the 2000s     134
Conclusions: Historical Institutionalism and Lesbian and Gay Rights     168
Notes     197
References     203
Index     225

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