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Gay Rights at the Ballot Box$
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Amy L. Stone

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675470

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675470.001.0001

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The Future of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box

The Future of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box

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(p.179) Conclusion The Future of Gay Rights at the Ballot Box
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Gay Rights at the Ballot Box
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Amy L. Stone

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675470.003.0007

This concluding chapter highlights the importance of the study of the relationship between social movements and ballot measure campaigns. It suggests that the study of ballot measures and social movements is inherently a study of the relationship among the national, state, and local levels of a social movement. An example of this is how various LGBT campaigns formed statewide organizations and launched local and national activists into electoral politics. Many of these organizations have moved beyond their focus on activist campaigns to work on legislative battles and general LGBT issues. The chapter also describes the future of the ballot box regarding gay rights. It argues that there is likely to be a return in the near future of numerous LGBT-sponsored ballot measures and that these would be less reactive and more intentional.

Keywords:   social movements, ballot measure campaigns, LGBT campaigns, statewide organizations, LGBT issues, gay rights, LGBT ballot measures

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