Same-sex Marriage in the United States: Focus on the Facts

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Lexington Books, 2004 - Political Science - 159 pages
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Same-sex marriage is one of the main hot-button issues in the 2004 election. In order to write about it in the papers, talk about it on the radio, or discuss it at home with your families, you need the facts. Opinions abound, but what about the data? Only in this book can you get answers to the questions that might substantiate, or change, your own feelings on gay marriage, questions such as: How many same-sex couples are there in the U.S.? Where do they live? What rights do they currently have in their states? How many children are currently being raised by two mothers or two fathers? How do current policies affect their children, and how do the policies affect the parents as they age? What groups are in the "Christian right," and what are they saying? Where do they get their information? Where are the studies that prove them wrong, or right? Same-Sex Marriage in the United States: Focus on the Facts does just this, it focuses on the facts. Though he doesn't hide his agenda, Sean Cahill, policy director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, doesn't need to say what's right or wrong or what's best for America. The facts speak for themselves, and they come out strongly in favor of marriage equality. Every journalist, media commentator, policy maker, educator, and every person wondering why same-sex marriage is such a visible issue these days, especially as the 2004 election rolls around, needs to read this book. Moves the debate away from rhetoric, cuts through the political posturing, gets at the hard facts.Visual layout with sidebars, charts, pull-out quotes, for quick and easy access to information. Sample chart: Laws regarding rights of same-sex couples in every state. Sample chart: Laws regarding adoption rights in every state.Sample map: Distribution of same-sex households, raising children, throughout the U.S. Relevant text from the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms. Debunks myths put out by conservative right with actual studies and data. Presents surprising statistics. For exam
 

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Contents

A Fierce Debate
1
LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO RESTRICT SAMESEX MARRIAGE
5
HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS TO THE CURRENT DEBATE
12
CIVIL MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE
13
Family Values A Political Agenda
19
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
20
LOCAL CAMPAIGNS
22
A LARGER AGENDA
24
THE RISE IN ANTIGAY ACTIVISM
69
PROGAY ADVANCES IN THE 1990s
73
ANTIGAY POLITICS IN THE 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
77
DEFENDING MARRIAGE
80
THE 2000 ELECTION CAMPAIGN
82
THE BUSHCHENEY ADMINISTRATION
86
THE WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS ITS POSITION
90
THE MOST PROGAY FIELD YET
97

WHAT DO ANTIGAY GROUPS SAY ABOUT SAMESEX MARRIAGE AND GAY FAMILIES?
26
The Benefits of Being Family
43
PARENTING AMONG SAMESEX COUPLES AND SINGLE GAY PARENTS
45
CUSTODY RIGHTS
51
ADOPTION RIGHTS
52
ELDER COUPLES
56
HEALTH CARE
59
UNEQUAL TAX TREATMENT OF SAMESEX COUPLES
61
Gay Rights on the Political Stage
65
THE EMERGENCE OF GAY ISSUES IN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS
66
THE REAGAN YEARS
68
GAY MARRIAGE AND THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
98
ANTIFAMILY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
100
The Case for Marriage Equality
103
SURVIVING SAMESEX PARTNERS AND THE AFTERMATH OF 911
106
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
109
Afterword
113
Notes
115
Select Bibliography
147
Index
155
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About the author (2004)

Sean Cahill is director of the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.