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The courts, the ballot box, and gay rights : how our governing institutions shape the same-sex marriage debate / Joseph Mello.

By: Mello, Joseph [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2016]Description: 1 online resource (viii, 240 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700622924; 0700622926.Subject(s): Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Courts, the ballot box, and gay rights.DDC classification: 346.7301/68 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
The mobilization of bias -- Citizens or deviants? rights and the construction of gay identities -- Sites of conflict : how institutions shape the same-sex marriage debate -- No right of object? opposition to same-sex marriage in the Golden state -- "A place apart" : opposition to same-sex marriage in Maine -- Taking (or Leaving) the initiative process.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-219) and index.

The mobilization of bias -- Citizens or deviants? rights and the construction of gay identities -- Sites of conflict : how institutions shape the same-sex marriage debate -- No right of object? opposition to same-sex marriage in the Golden state -- "A place apart" : opposition to same-sex marriage in Maine -- Taking (or Leaving) the initiative process.

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This is an interesting and thoughtful examination of how the political system shapes debates such as the same-sex marriage debate. More specifically, the author attempts to help us better understand how institutional norms and constraints shape the debate over issues involving fundamental rights. In terms of battles over gay rights, the institutional environments include voting on the issue by placing it on the ballot, working to turn gay rights issues into law through the state legislative process, or seeking to win gay rights through actions in the courtroom. Proponents of gay rights often sought to pursue them through either the judicial system or the state legislative process. Opponents of gay rights most often sought to win their battles in the electoral arena. The findings of this study note that efforts to sway public opinion by placing the issue on the ballot are quite different than the legal arguments heard in courtrooms. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --William K. Hall, Bradley University

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