America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage by Daniel R. Pinello

By Daniel R. Pinello

America's fight for Same-Sex Marriage chronicles the evolution of the social stream for same-sex marriage within the usa and examines the political controversies surrounding homosexual people's quest for entry to the civil establishment of marriage. The ebook specializes in the momentous occasions that all started in November 2003, whilst the Massachusetts ideally suited Judicial courtroom declared unequivocally that the state's conferral of marriage merely on opposite-sex violated constitutional ideas of appreciate for person autonomy and equality below legislations. the choice either caused a political backlash of nationwide share and caused officers in San Francisco, Multnomah County (OR), Sandoval County (NM), and New Paltz (NY) to factor marriage licenses to same-sex undefined. the quantity depends upon in-depth interviews to supply an insider account of ways courts, politicians, and activists maneuver and take care of a state-of-the-art social coverage factor, in addition to real-life narratives approximately daily humans whom the controversy instantly impacts.

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The opponents here are antigay, not just anti–marriage equality. What’s transforming the country is coming to terms with, and accepting, gay people and their love on terms of equality. Marriage is the vocabulary and the terrain and the important legal structure at the center of this struggle. But by no means is it the only issue. And it’s not just a matter of words. ‘‘Same-sex marriage’’ suggests that we’re trying to change something or invent something new or other or lesser. And that’s just not true.

A larger group within the activist corps at that point either wasn’t that interested in marriage or was outright dismissive or disdainful of it, believing instead that we should be fighting for other kinds of family recognition. ’’ Then, in addition to the ideological divide, there was a different division cutting across those strategic lines. These people, who may not have shared the dislike of marriage or the resistance to 24 the mastermind the marriage work, felt that it was too much too soon, or too hard, or that it would trigger a backlash, or in order to get there, you had to take various small steps.

The clerk of Hennepin County, Minnesota, denied their application, and the next year, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the men had no federal due process or equal protection rights to marry (Baker v. Nelson 1971). The first marriage case involving a lesbian couple arose in Kentucky and met a similarly unsuccessful fate (Jones v. Hallahan 1973). At least four more failed attempts to seek judicial recognition of same-sex marriage occurred in the next two decades (Singer v. Hara 1974; Adams v.

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