Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Thomas John Linneman
Kathleen E. Jenkins
On November 4, 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, 52% to 48%, a ballot measure that amended the California Constitution to read that marriage is between one man and woman. Voters simultaneously concluded a four year pursuit of same-sex marriage rights in California and started a new, more passionate debate over same-sex marriage. While religion emerged as a point of contention and unification in news headlines, often these headlines ignored the complexity of religious beliefs surrounding same-sex marriage. Using in-depth interviews and content analysis of newspaper articles, I study how liberal California religious leaders, as potential political actors within the gay rights movement, talk about and act on their beliefs regarding same-sex marriage in their congregations and communities.
Clendenen, Margaret, "Many Voices in the Temple: Liberal Californian Religious Leaders' Responses to Proposition 8" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 720.
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