Catholicism, Homosexuality, and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

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During the first decade of the twenty-first century, questions surrounding the legal rights of homosexuals have animated politics in the United States and have been among the most divisive in American political discourse. Indeed, a number of scholars have suggested that the issue of gay rights in general, and the more specific issue of same-sex marriage, was an important factor in George W. Bush’s victory over John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election (Keeter 2007; Campbell and Monson 2007a). While gay and lesbian rights were perhaps not as salient in the 2008 election, both Barack Obama and John McCain made clear their support for civil unions for same-sex couples, while opposing same-sex marriage.


Civil unions; Gay rights; Presidents; Presidents--Election; Same-sex marriage


American Politics | Gender and Sexuality | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Political Science


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