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Political Science Civil Rights

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

edited by David Rayside & Clyde Wilcox

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2011
Civil Rights, Sociology of Religion, Lesbian Studies, Sexuality & Gender Studies, Gay Studies
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For decades, agitation by lesbians, gays, and other sexual minorities for political recognition has provoked a heated response among religious activists in both Canada and the United States. In this remarkable comparative study, expert authors explore the tenacity of anti-gay sentiment, as well as the dramatic shifts in public attitudes towards queer groups across all faith communities in both the United States and Canada. They conclude that, despite the ongoing conflict, religious adherence does not invariably entail opposition to the political acknowledgment of queer rights.

About the authors

David Rayside is a professor in the Department of Political Science and an associate of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of  Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions: Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

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 <EM>The Global Emergence of Gay and Lesbian Politics</EM>

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