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The Marrying Kind?Debating Same-Sex Marriage within the Lesbian and Gay Movement$
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Mary Bernstein and Verta Taylor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681716

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681716.001.0001

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What Happens When You Get What You Want?

What Happens When You Get What You Want?

The Relationship between Organizational Identity and Goals in the Movement for Same-Sex Marriage

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The Marrying Kind?

Kristine A. Olsen

University of Minnesota Press

Kristine A. Olsen examines why Connecticut’s highly successful marriage equality organization, Love Makes a Family (LMF), decided to close its doors after the 2008 Kerrigan v. Commission of Public Health ruling made Connecticut the second state to legalize same-sex marriage. She argues that the exclusive collective identity of LMF equated same-sex marriage with complete equality for gay men and lesbians, reflecting the worst fears of queer critics who argue that the achievement of same-sex marriage will signal an end of the LGBT movement.

Keywords:   Same sex marriage, LGBT movement, lesbian and gay couples, queer theory, post-gay identity, anti-same sex marriage initiatives, same sex marriage and the law, same sex marriage protests, San Francisco same sex wedding protest, Proposition 8

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