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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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Advocating Gay Rights

Advocating Gay Rights

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Same Sex, Different Politics
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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

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