Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
same-sex marriage, social issues, politics, argument
This paper attempts to unpack the justifications of position against same-sex marriage in the hopes of revealing the process through which anti-gay rhetoric becomes acceptable. By examining the legal and political arguments against same-sex marriage, we can come to a fuller understanding of how and why ideas become legitimate. The findings will not only be applicable to the anti-gay movement, but to a number of relevant social and political issues, perhaps including abortion and even tax reform. By discovering the ways in which ideas are legitimated, we can come to a deeper appreciation of the mobilization and counter-mobilization efforts that advance and resist, respectively, new understandings of previously established social concepts.
Burns, Tess, "Disguising Religious Ideas in Secular Clothing: The Legitimation of Religious Ideology in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate" (2013). Honors Theses. 639.