The Politics of Gay Rights

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Craig A. Rimmerman, Kenneth D. Wald, Clyde Wilcox
University of Chicago Press, 2000 - Social Science - 460 pages
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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Contents

The Gay
31
Reflections on Lesbian
54
The Role of Black Lesbians
79
Varieties of Opposition to Gay Rights
121
The Christian
139
Todd Donovan Jim Wenzel and Shaun Bowler
161
Congress Votes on Gay Rights
193
Democratizing Disease?
217
Sexuality and Military Service
249
The Politics of Gay Rights at the Local and State Level
269
Interest Groups
290
Gay and Lesbian Issues in the Congressional Arena
347
Gays Lesbians and Justice
377
Index
433
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Craig Rimmerman is professor of public policy studies and political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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