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The Politics of Gay Rights
edited by Craig A. Rimmerman, Kenneth D. Wald and Clyde Wilcox
University of Chicago Press, 2000
Cloth: 978-0-226-71998-6 | Paper: 978-0-226-71999-3
Library of Congress Classification HQ76.8.U5P65 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.906640973

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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