Donald P. Haider-Markel's Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and PDF

Donald P. Haider-Markel's Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and PDF

By Donald P. Haider-Markel

Out and Running is the 1st systematic research of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political illustration that explores the dynamics of nation legislative campaigns and the impression of lesbian and homosexual legislators within the nation policymaking procedure. through reading kingdom legislative elections from 1992 to 2006 and kingdom policymaking from 1992 to 2009, Donald Haider-Markel means that the LGBT group can triumph over hurdles and win elections; and, as soon as in place of work, those officers can play a serious function within the coverage illustration of the group.

However, he additionally discovers that there are limits to the place and whilst LGBT applicants can run for place of work and that, whereas their presence in workplace usually complements coverage illustration, it might additionally create backlash. yet inspite of a few of these damaging effects, Out and Running presents compelling facts that gays and lesbians usually tend to see invaluable laws cross by way of expanding the variety of LGBT nation legislators. certainly, grassroots politics within the states may perhaps enable the LGBT neighborhood its top chance for reaching its coverage goals.

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This shift in power meant that legislation supporting gay rights made little headway in Congress during the remainder of the 1990s, and gay groups had to spend most of their time defending themselves against anti–gay rights legislation. However, new opportunities were created for gay people who worked within the Republican Party as a federation of local gay Republican groups established a national office in Washington in 1993. This new group, the Log Cabin Republicans, formed a political action committee that raises tens of thousands of dollars per election cycle for Republican candidates, and which by 1996 had six staff members and an annual budget of $700,000 (Smith and Haider-Markel 2002).

In early 2004 officials in California, Oregon, New Mexico, and New York began to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which created a national uproar (Mucciaroni 2008). Between August and November 2004 thirteen states voted on referendums that amended their constitutions to ban the recognition of same-sex marriage and, in some cases, civil unions between same-sex couples. Some of these measures, such as those in Michigan and Ohio, banned virtually any recognition of same-sex relationships.

Further, states and localities increasingly adopted policies that not only banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but also on the basis of gender identity (Vaid 1995). However, even as gay activists celebrated these victories, religious conservatives redoubled their efforts to protect traditional values. These groups increasingly attempted to repeal or prevent the passage of gay rights laws by using the ballot initiative process. Their campaigns were successful nearly all the time, but the key .................

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