The Gay Marriage Generation
How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture
“At the very moment attitudes toward gay marriage began to change rapidly, Peter Hart-Brinson interviewed people from multiple generations to assess the shifting meanings surrounding gay marriage. While quantitative studies allow us to track these changing attitudes in a simplistic way, most barely scratch the surface of what remains a complex issue for many. With his insightful analysis of his qualitative data, Hart-Brinson breaks through this surface and does a deep dive into the metaphors people use to think about gay marriage. In doing so, he helps us to understand why resistance to gay marriage remains steadfast, even in the face of growing consensus.”
—Thomas J. Linneman, Author of Weathering Change: Gays and Lesbians, Christian Conservatives, and Everyday Hostilities
“Public opinion typically changes slowly. The transformation in Americans’ views regarding same-sex marriage is a notable exception—with public opinion dramatically shifting from strong opposition to strong support in a very short period of time. How do we explain this remarkable exception? Marshalling insights from historical data, national surveys, and in-depth interviews, Peter Hart-Brinson skillfully and convincingly documents the powerful role of generations in effecting change. The Gay Marriage Generation is an important and provocative book that will encourage us to reassess our assumptions of how social change occurs.”
—Brian Powell, Author of Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and American's Definitions of Family
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