Straight versus Gay

in Us Against Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226435701
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226435725 | DOI:
Straight versus Gay

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This chapter investigates the role of ethnocentricity in the politics of morality, focusing on the struggle over gay rights in the United States. Ethnocentric Americans tend to disapprove of gays serving in the military and of laws designed to protect gays against discrimination on the job, oppose same-sex marriage, and stand against allowing gay couples to adopt children. The chapter argues that the campaign to defend heterosexual marriage appears to have increased the importance of ethnocentrism for opinion and for action alike.

Keywords: ethnocentricity; politics of morality; gay rights; United States; military; discrimination; same-sex marriage; heterosexual marriage

Chapter.  6680 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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