The Politics of Gay Rights

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 1, 2000 - Social Science - 460 pages
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Few issues in American politics inspire such passion as that of civil rights for gays and lesbians. In this group of original essays, scholars and activists writing from a number of different perspectives provide a comprehensive overview of this heated debate. Contributors thoroughly investigate the politics of the gay and lesbian movement, beginning with its political organizations and tactics. The essays also address the strategies and ideology of conservative opposition groups, such as the Christian Right. They focus on key issues for public policy, including gays and lesbians openly serving in the military, anti-discrimination laws, and the ongoing crisis of AIDS. The book ends with chapters that discuss the ways in which the political struggle for gay rights has played out in various arenas—in Congress, in the courts, in state and local governments, and in electoral politics.

Forcefully argued and accessibly written, this collection is an important contribution to the current discussion about civil rights for gays and lesbians.

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The Context of Gay Politics
Cycles of Change Questions of Strategy The gay and Lesbian Movement after Fifty Years
Beyond Political Mainstreaming Reflections on Lesbian gay Organizations and the Grassroots
Where Rhetoric Meets Reality The Role of Black Lesbians and Gays in Queer Politics
Lesbian and gay Policy Priorities Commonality and Difference
Antigay Varieties of Opposition to Gay Rights
The gay Agenda Is the Devils Agenda The Christian Rights Vision and the Role of the State
Direct Democracy and Gay Rights Initiatives after Romer
Gays and AIDS Democratizing Disease?
Sexuality and Military Service
The Politics of Gay Rights at the Local and State Level
Lesbian and Gay Politics in the States Interest Groups Electoral Politics and Policy
Gay and Lesbian Issues in the Congressional Arena
Sex and the Supreme Court Gays Lesbians and Justice
Gay Rights in the Public Sphere Public Opinion on Gay and Lesbian Equality

DOMA and ENDA Congress Votes on Gay Rights

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About the author (2000)

Craig Rimmerman is professor of public policy studies and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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