Advocating Gay Rights

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:
Advocating Gay Rights

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This chapter starts by examining how gay rights supporters define the three issues that the public perceives as least threatening (hate crimes, employment and housing discrimination, and the military ban) followed by the issues that it perceives as more threatening (legalizing homosexual conduct, same-sex marriage, and adoption). It looks to see if the kinds of issue definitions change across issues, according to their substantive properties or the level of threat that citizens perceive, or if they remain consistent. Next, it compares and contrasts supporters' and opponents' strategies for defining issues and suggest reasons for the similarities and differences. Do gay rights supporters frame debates in terms of consequences and procedures, as their opponents do, or do they emphasize principles? Finally, it considers the implications of these findings for the gay rights movement's successes and failures.

Keywords: gay rights supporters; opponents; gay rights movement; same-sex marriage; adoption

Chapter.  7693 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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