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The election of Democrats alone is not enough to ensure gay rights

Bishin, Benjamin G. and Smith, Charles Anthony (2014) The election of Democrats alone is not enough to ensure gay rights. LSE American Politics and Policy (20 Feb 2014). Website.

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Although Congressmen are elected to represent their districts and states, they will occasionally defy majority opinion to support the rights of a minority group. Drawing on data from House Democrats that voted against the popular Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Benjamin G. Bishin and Charles Anthony Smith determine that favorable district composition, membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, and competitive elections were associated with opposition to DOMA. They conclude that the difficulty of passing legislation to protect minority rights leaves the courts as the best option for such advancement.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 13:49
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 23:20

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