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Public Opinion in State Politics$
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Jeffrey E. Cohen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753005

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753005.001.0001

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Public Opinion and Policy Making in the Culture Wars: Is There a Connection Between Opinion and State Policy on Gay and Lesbian Issues?

Public Opinion and Policy Making in the Culture Wars: Is There a Connection Between Opinion and State Policy on Gay and Lesbian Issues?

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(p.163) Chapter 9 Public Opinion and Policy Making in the Culture Wars: Is There a Connection Between Opinion and State Policy on Gay and Lesbian Issues?
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Public Opinion in State Politics
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Donald P. Haider-Markel

Matthew S. Kaufman

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753005.003.0009

This chapter analyzes the congruence between public opinion and policies impacting the gay and lesbian community in American states. It proposes the hypothesis that when opinion is divided and contentious, policy makers will be more sensitive to public opinion in building policy. This chapter also examines state repeal of laws banning homosexual sodomy, state scores on a gay policy index, the adoption of hate crime laws including sexual orientation and the adoption same-sex marriage bans.

Keywords:   public opinion, gay and lesbian community, American states, homosexual sodomy, gay policy index, hate crime laws, sexual orientation, same-sex marriage bans

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