The Marrying Kind?: Debating Same-Sex Marriage within the by Mary Bernstein, Verta Taylor

By Mary Bernstein, Verta Taylor

As the struggle for same-sex marriage rages around the usa and lesbian and homosexual rush to marriage license counters, the aim of marriage remains to be fiercely wondered in the LGBT circulate. hardly ever has an aim so imperative to a social movement’s political time table been so arguable in the stream itself. whereas antigay forces paintings to limit marriage to 1 guy and one girl, lesbian and homosexual activists are passionately arguing in regards to the desirability, viability, and social outcomes of same-sex marriage.

The Marrying type? is the 1st publication to attract on empirical learn to envision those debates and the way they're affecting marriage equality campaigns. The essays during this quantity research the rhetoric, techniques, and make-up of the LGBT social circulate enterprises pushing for same-sex marriage, and handle the dire predictions of a few LGBT commentators that same-sex marriage will spell the tip of queer id and group. Case stories from California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Canada remove darkness from the advanced politics of same-sex marriage, making transparent that the present disagreements between LGBT activists over no matter if marriage is conforming or transformative are a long way too simplistic. as an alternative, the impression of the wedding equality flow is complicated and sometimes contradictory, neither absolutely assimilationist nor absolutely oppositional.

Contributors: Ellen Ann Andersen, U of Vermont; Mary C. Burke, U of Vermont; Adam Isaiah eco-friendly, U of Toronto; Melanie Heath, McMaster U, Ontario; Kathleen E. Hull, U of Minnesota; Katrina Kimport, U of California, San Francisco; Jeffrey Kosbie; Katie Oliviero, U of Colorado, Boulder; Kristine A. Olsen; Timothy A. Ortyl; Arlene Stein, Rutgers U; Amy L. Stone, Trinity U; Nella Van Dyke, U of California, Merced.

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In chapter 6, Verta Taylor, Katrina Kimport, Nella Van Dyke, and Ellen Ann Andersen draw on interviews and a random survey of couples who married in San Francisco when Mayor Gavin Newsom defied California’s Defense of Marriage Act (Proposition 22) by ordering the city clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples to examine the impact of marriage-equality activism on activists themselves. Their study shows that the lesbian and gay couples who participated in this event viewed their weddings as acts of civil disobedience and that two-thirds remained active in the marriage-equality movement two-and-a-half years after the San Francisco demonstration.

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