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The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture

Peter Hart-Brinson


The rapid increase in public support for gay marriage in the United States between 1988 and 2015 is unprecedented in modern polling. How and why did an idea that was once nonsense become a political reality supported by a majority of the population in such a short period of time? This book analyzes historical data, public opinion data, and qualitative interview data to explain the role of generational change in causing the legalization of gay marriage. Despite the evidence of generational change we see all around us, social scientists have struggled to document and explain generational change ... More

Keywords: gay marriage, generation, change, cohort, homosexuality, imagination, marriage, history, public opinion, qualitative methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479800513
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479800513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Hart-Brinson, author
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire