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Dialogue: Vol 33 No 3
Prelude to the National "Defense of Marriage" Campaign: Civil Discrimination Against Feared or Despised Minorities
Prelude to the National "Defense of Marriage" Campaign: Civil Discrimination Against Feared or Despised Minorities D. Michael Quinn1 America is currently in the midst of state-by-state political activism and judicial appeals to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. In 1996 the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated one example of the related effort to roll back laws protecting homosexuals from civil discrimination, but this campaign moves forward on various fronts in every state of the Union. Its organizers will certainly extend this political activism into all states currently lacking a "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) which both prohibits same-sex marriage and refuses to recognize such unions legally performed in other states or countries. In view of the pace for this state-by-state political activism during the 1990s, the Defense of Marriage campaign will probably continue throughout the United States for at least another decade.2 1. This essay was supported by a grant from the Institute for the Study of Human Resources and also involved research support at ONE Institute & Archives: The International Gay and Lesbian Heritage/Research Center, which is affiliated with the University of Southern California. The Internet was used to locate many of the periodical references cited herein. I assumed that page numbers listed on Internet web sites were the same as for print references. However, some Internet sites did not provide page numbers. 2. As I have previously observed: "Every state has its own laws, and each new session of a state legislature is a new opportunity for the losing side to renew the battle over a sexual minority's civil rights or 'special rights.' This is equally true for every county, city, and town. . . .Even a U.S. Supreme Court decision will not end the conflict if the LDS church and its interfaith allies are on the losing side of legalizing same-sex marriage.. . .If pressed, the next step of the LDS interfaith coalition will be to mount a national campaign to ratify a