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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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Yes on Proposition 8

Yes on Proposition 8

The Conservative Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage

(p.167) 5 Yes on Proposition 8
The Marrying Kind?

Katie Oliviero

University of Minnesota Press

Katie Oliviero analyzes the campaign by the Protect Marriage Coalition for Proposition 8 in California. She argues that the opponents of same-sex marriage share with supporters the insistence that marriage is a public institution, not simply a private act between two people. Ironically, defenders of traditional marriage mimicked the performative tactics used by LGBT activists—including staging public weddings—with the goal of depicting same-sex marriage as a threat to traditional American values.

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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