The Courts, the Ballot Box, and Gay Rights

How Our Governing Institutions Shape the Same-sex Marriage Debate


Author: Joseph Mello

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700622917

Category: Same-sex marriage

Page: 248

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This book looks at how rights discourse has been used during the debate over same-sex marriage and how opponents of same-sex marriage marriage used rights language to effectively oppose it during ballot measure campaigns, but that this same language became counterproductive once this debate moved inside of the courtroom.

Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage

A Neo-Institutional Approach


Author: Bronwyn Winter,Maxime Forest,Réjane Sénac

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319627643

Category: Political Science

Page: 241

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This book provides a comparative, neo-institutionalist approach to the different factors impacting state adoption of—or refusal to adopt—same-sex marriage laws. The now twenty-one countries where lesbians and gay men can legally marry include recent or longstanding democracies, republics and parliamentary monarchies, and unitary and federal states. They all reflect different positions with respect to religion and the cultural foundations of the nation. Countries opposed to such legalization, and those having taken measures in recent years to legally reinforce the heterosexual fundaments of marriage, present a similar diversity. This diversity, in a globalized context where the idea of same-sex marriage has become integral to claims for LGBTI equality and indeed LGBTI human rights, gives rise to the following question: which factors contribute to institutionalizing same-sex marriage? The analytical framework used for exploring these factors in this book is neo-institutionalism. Through three neo-institutionalist lenses—historical, sociological and discursive—contributors investigate two aspects of the processes of adoption or opposition of equal recognition of same-sex partnerships. Firstly, they reveal how claims by LGBTIQ movements are being framed politically and brought to parliamentary politics. Secondly, they explore the ways in which same-sex marriage becomes institutionalized (or resisted) through legal and societal norms and practices. Although it adopts neo-institutionalism as its main theoretical framework, the book incorporates a broad range of perspectives, including scholarship on social movements, LGBTI rights, heterosexuality and social norms, and gender and politics.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Life


Author: Jane Sherron de Hart

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0525521593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 752

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The first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time; a book fifteen years in work, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice, her husband, her children, her friends, and her associates. In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs—her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer (Celia died the day before Ruth, at seventeen, graduated from high school). From Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law Schools (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the Women's Rights Law Reporter, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school’s first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women’s rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men. Her years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, deciding cases the way she played golf, as she, left-handed, played with right-handed clubs—aiming left, swinging right, hitting down the middle. Her years on the Supreme Court . . . A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Argent, politique et corruption

actes du colloque des 12 et 13 juin 1998


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Campaign funds

Page: 256

View: 3469

L'intitulé est à la fois provocateur et de triste actualité au plan interne comme international. Nous avons voulu étudier ces phénomènes et leurs interactions sous plusieurs angles : financement des élections en France et aux Etats-Unis, groupes de pression et poids des lobbies ainsi que rôle des médias qui, selon les cas, peuvent contribuer à une certaine " corruption " du processus démocratique mais aussi à la lutte contre les phénomènes d'abus de pouvoir public (cas australien). Nous avons également voulu alterner approche théorique et exemples concrets, ainsi que donner des outils de travail : bibliographie, adresses Courriel et sites Internet. En dernier lieu, ce travail est pluridisciplinaire et international à plusieurs égards : par ses participants (quatre Américains, un Australien, des Français de différents horizons), et son approche d'un phénomène qui ne connaît pas de frontières, la corruption.