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The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda$
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Edward Ashbee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072765

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072765.001.0001

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Gay rights, same-sex marriage and AIDS

Gay rights, same-sex marriage and AIDS

(p.74) 3 Gay rights, same-sex marriage and AIDS
The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda

Ashbee Edward

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the views and policies of George W. Bush on the issues of same-sex marriage, AIDS and gay rights, discussing the support of gay rights campaigners to the structure and style of the Bush 2000 presidential campaign and highlighting the role of the Log Cabin Republicans in his election victory. It comments on Bush's views about the Federal Marriage Amendment. The chapter argues that Bush's endorsement of civil unions may well be representative of a developing trend, and that the momentum and pace of same-sex marriage as an issue may depend upon the courts and the process of judicial adjudication rather than on the course of popular opinion or the actions of campaigning organizations.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, same-sex marriage, AIDS, gay rights, Log Cabin Republicans, Federal Marriage Amendment, civil union

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