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Same Sex, Different PoliticsSuccess and Failure in the Struggles over Gay Rights$
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Gary Mucciaroni

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226544083

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226544106.001.0001

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Issues, Institutions, and Threats

Issues, Institutions, and Threats

(p.1) 1Issues, Institutions, and Threats
Same Sex, Different Politics
University of Chicago Press

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

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