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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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(p.240) 8 Conclusion
Same Sex, Different Politics
University of Chicago Press

This chapter returns to the central research question—why have gays and lesbians succeeded in reaching some of their goals more than others? After summarizing the book's main findings and integrating them into a typology of social movement success and failure, it assesses their broader implications. First, it considers the findings on the role of the courts in gay rights in light of recent skepticism about the judiciary's contribution to protecting minority rights. Second, it shows that the issue-based perspective on social movement success helps us to build empirical generalizations across social movements. Finally, the chapter speculates about the gay rights movement's future prospects, suggests changes in the movement's strategies that might help gay rights advocates improve their chances for success, and assesses the feasibility and effectiveness of several options.

Keywords:   gay rights, lesbians, political success, social movement, courts

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