Date Thesis Awarded


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Thomas John Linneman

Committee Members

Kathleen E. Jenkins

Maureen Fitzgerald


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.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.