Issues such as lesbians and gay men serving openly in the military, same-sex marriage and the inclusion of sexual orientation in anti-discrimination and hate crime laws have evolved along with the rival progay and anitgay communities. As a result of public policy debates, the U. S. progay movement has moved toward an essentialist, non-sexual identity while traditionalists have shifted toward a secular public self-representation. This book analyzes the internal disagreements within the two movements.

Same-Sex Marriage: A Case Study

Same-sex marriage: A case study

Various versions of progay and antigay interpretive frames are highlighted in different public policy disputes about variant sexuality. Many policy questions continue to be important, including the repeal of sodomy laws, government funding for homoerotic art, custody and adoption of children by gay persons, and adding “sexual orientation” to hate crime laws. Consequently, no single instance of a public issue contest can serve as a master example of discourse or provides an occasion in which all voices are heard. In recent years, however, four public policy areas have been most important in the variant sexuality issue culture.

First, dozens of antigay initiatives have been placed on local and state ballots throughout the United States. The general thrust ...

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