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Issues, Institutions, and Threats

in Same Sex, Different Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226544083
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226544106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226544106.003.0001
Issues, Institutions, and Threats

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This study examines the dramatically different levels of success that gay rights advocates have experienced on six key issues: the legalization of homosexual conduct, military service, adoption, marriage and partner recognition, hate crimes, and civil rights. Although it does not cover every issue of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates, it includes most of the movement's major goals—goals that also receive the lion's share of media coverage, the movement's resources, and policymakers' attention. The book's central argument is that two basic conditions shape the level of political success that gay rights advocates encounter: whether Americans perceive their demands as threatening and how political institutions mediate the resistance that arises from those perceptions. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: gay rights; political success; homosexual conduct; military service; adoption; marriage; hate crimes; civil rights

Chapter.  17203 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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