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Same-sex marriage continues to be a polarizing subject in the United States and other parts of the world. This new edition of Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook brings readers up to date on the status of same-sex unions from social, legal, political, and historical perspectives.
According to Pew Research poll data, in 2001, the majority of Americans opposed same-sex marriage—57 percent against, 35 percent in support. As of 2015, a majority of Americans (55 percent) supported same-sex marriage, with 39 percent expressing opposition. The landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, is likely further influencing opinions among U.S. citizens. Still, controversy and heated debate continues to ensue on the social, legal, and political implications of same-sex marriage.
The second edition of Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook presents thorough coverage of recent changes in the legal status of same-sex marriage in the United States as well as essays that provide historical perspectives on same-sex marriage; an extensive, up-to-date bibliography; a collection of primary source documents; a glossary; and a chronology that will serve readers studying the topic. New material includes a detailed discussion of the 2015 Supreme Court of the United States decision as well as coverage of issues that have arisen as a result of the Obergefell case, such as the debate over "religious freedom" and LGBT civil rights legislation.
- Presents up-to-date coverage of important events in the modern history of same-sex marriage in the United States and other parts of the world as well as public opinion and statistics on same-sex marriage
- Describes and explains changes in the legal status of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015
- Outlines potential future directions of the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage
- Provides an extensive bibliography, a collection of documents, a set of essays, and other resources for extended study of the topic
- Series Description
Contemporary World Issues
This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.
24-hour cable news. Millions of internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?
A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.
- Subject coverage spans six main categories:
Gender and Ethnicity
Politics, Law, and Government
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
- A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
Profiles of key players and organizations
A glossary of key terms
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"At its first printing, in 2010, only 5 states and the District of Colombia allowed same-sex marriage in the U.S., compared to all 50 states today. Worldwide, seven nations have legalized same-sex marriage, and all of them did so within the last decade. This relatively rapid change in public opinion makes this a worthwhile and timely volume appropriate for high school and college students."
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