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Us Against ThemEthnocentric Foundations of American Opinion$
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Donald R. Kinder and Cindy D. Kam

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226435701

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.001.0001

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Straight versus Gay

Straight versus Gay

(p.151) Chapter 7 Straight versus Gay
Us Against Them
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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

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