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Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States


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PrefaceIntroduction1 The Difference that a Border Makes: The Political Intersection of Sexuality and Religion in Canada and the United States / David Rayside and Clyde WilcoxPublic Opinion2 Culture War? A Closer Look at the Role of Religion, Denomination, and Religiosity in US Public Opinion on Multiple Sexualities / Shauna L. Shames, Didi Kuo, and Katherine Levine3 A Twenty-Year Survey of Canadian Attitudes towards Homosexuality and Gay Rights / Amy LangstaffEvangelicals4 "Civility without Compromise": Evangelical Attitudes towards Same-Sex Issues in Comparative Context / Samuel Reimer5 The Pro-Family Movement in Canada and the United States: Institutional Histories and Barriers to Diffusion / Tina Fetner and Carrie B. Sanders6 Evangelicals, the Christian Right, and Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: Simple and Complex Stories / Clyde Wilcox and Rentaro Iida7 Liberal, with Conservative "Vibrations": African-American Protestants and the Struggle over Legal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Couples / Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox8 Canadian Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage / Jonathan MalloyMainline Protestants 9 It's All about Sex: The Roots of Opposition to Gay and Lesbian Marriages in Some Christian Churches / Pamela Dickey Young10 Focusing, Framing, and Discerning: The United Church of Canada and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate / Roger Hutchinson11 American Mainline Protestantism and Deliberation about Homosexuality / Laura R. Olson, Paul A. Djupe, and Wendy CadgeRoman Catholicism 12 Catholicism, Homosexuality, and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States / Ted G. Jelen13 Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec / Solange Lefebvre and Jean-Francois BretonNon-Christian Responses 14 Paths from Emancipation: American Jews and Same-Sex Marriage / Kenneth D. Wald15 Muslims and Sexual Diversity in North America / Momin Rahman and Amir HussainPolitical Parties16 The Conservative Party of Canada and Its Religious Constituencies / David Rayside17 The Politics of Marriage and American Party Politics: Evidence from the 2004 US Election / John C. GreenRights Claiming 18 The Supreme Court of Canada's Attempt to Reconcile Freedom of Religion and Sexual Orientation Equality in the Public Schools / Richard Moon19 Law, Sexuality, and Morality in the United States / Jason PiercesonConclusion 20 Cross-Border Parallels at the Political Intersection of Sexuality and Religion / David RaysideAppendicesA Canadian Legal and Institutional ContextB US Legal and Institutional ContextNotesReferencesContributorsIndex

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A timely, remarkable discussion of the interplay between faith and sexual diversity in Canada and the United States.

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David Rayside is a professor of political science and former director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He is author, most recently, of Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions: Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States.Clyde Wilcox is a professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is author, most recently, of Onward Christian Soldiers: The Christian Right in American Politics, 4th ed.


Is religion the primary impediment to LGBT equality? This book puts the popular hypothesis to the test with a comprehensive investigation of a range of religious positions and their insertion into the political realm. Here is the one-stop reference for religious debates on sexuality and how they impact the legislative sphere. -- Barry Adam, co-editor of The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics

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