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March 27, 2013 11:19 AM 9 Things You Should Read about the Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

By John Sides

As oral arguments get underway at the Supreme Court, here are a bunch of links to what we and other political scientists have written about gay marriage of late:

  1. An amicus curaie brief by 12 political scientists regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry.  They argue that gays and lesbians lack political power and this bears on the question of laws that disadvantage them.

  2. Ben Lauderdale and Tom Clark argue that if Kennedy is the swing justice, arguments in favor of same-sex marriage should center on due process (where Kennedy is on the left) than civil rights or federalism (where he is on the right).

  3. William Blake notes that Catholics on the Court tend to vote in favor of Catholic teachings, even once their political ideology is taken into account.

  4. Keith Poole maps the House and Senate votes on DOMA in 1995.

  5. Do conservatives’ arguments in favor of gay marriage work?  A cautionary tale.

  6. Does Congress have a conservative bias on gay rights?  Do state legislative candidates?  The answer in both cases seems to be: yes.


  7. Why same-sex marriage so often loses at the ballot box.


  8. David Karol on the myth of “social issues,” or why the politics of gay rights and abortion are so different.


  9. Erik compares support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. and Europe.


Apologies for getting all Buzz-feedy with the title of the post.

UPDATE: And now with a bonus tenth thing!  Here is David Fontana on why a Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage might not produce a backlash.

[Originally posted at The Monkey Cage]

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John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.
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